Ko Olina Children's Film & Music Festival

3.5 stars from 3 reviews
Address 92-1185 Aliinui Dr, Kapolei, HI 96707
Annual film and music festival in the Ko Olina Resort geared for children and families of all ages.

Features
• General: Cost: Paid • General: Educational
• General: Kid Activities • General: Movies / Plays / Theater
• General: Performing Arts • General: Photo Opportunity
• General: Restrooms

Matt Anderson's Take
The Ko Olina Children's Film & Music Festival is an annual event held at Ko Olina Lagoon 1 (Kahola Lagoon) and Aulani A Disney Resort And Spa at the Ko Olina Resort. The event, which is perfect for children of all ages and their families, showcases interactive video and music activities, live stage performances, family-friendly movies from Disney•PIXAR and the Hawai'i International Film Festival, and a sunset finale feature film on the beach.

The next (3rd annual) festival will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The festivities take place right on the sand at Ko Olina Lagoon 1 (Kahola Lagoon) and throughout the property at Aulani A Disney Resort And Spa between 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults if you buy before the event or $30 at the door. Kids 12 and under are $10 each. Tickets can be purchased online at www.koolinachildrensfestival.com.

The event is a benefit for the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children (KMCWC). KMCWC, an affiliate of Hawaii Pacific Health, is the state of Hawaii's largest health care provider and leader in the care of women, infants and children. All 100% of the ticket proceeds go to the KMCWC with the previous two years contributing a total of $100,000 to KMCWC.

Aulani A Disney Resort And Spa offers festival attendees exclusive room deals that start at $299 per night. For Aulani reservations, call 407-939-4686, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST; Saturday - Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, and reference:

• Ko Olina Children's Film & Music Festival 2016
• Group Code: G0696803
• Rates are subject to availability; restrictions may apply

For the 2016 festival, classic and modern family friendly movies to be shown at Aulani throughout the day include:

• Cinderella: This live action remake of a Disney Classic film follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother and finds herself at the mercy of cruel new family

• Monsters University: The story of how two mismatched monsters met and became lifelong friends in a movie screaming with laughter and oozing with heart

• UP: Carl Fredricksen ties thousands of balloons to his house and sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams with an overeager 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer

• Inside Out: An inventive animated film that takes viewers on a journey from the Inside Out to discover the emotional roller coaster within

• Aladdin: Climb aboard for a magical carpet ride with nonstop laughs, actionpacked adventure and Academy Award®–winning music

• Paper Planes: From the 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival, Paper Planes tells the story of Dylan Webber, an imaginative 12-year-old boy that has a knack for folding and flying paper planes that takes his talent to the top of the World Junior Paper Plane Championship

Just after sunset, the main stage overlooking Ko Olina’s Kohola lagoon will provide the backdrop for a Disney•PIXAR short and a Disney film. This year’s featured movies include:

• Lava: Depicted as a musical love story, Lava tells the tale of a volcano looking for love among the ocean waters surrounding the Hawaiian islands

• Big Hero 6: An action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada
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Sophie
Joined: Jul 2014
Reviews: 47
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The acrobatics show was my favorite part for sure. It was fun to watch the other kids swinging around in the air like that. The face painting was neat and I got painted like a bunny but the line took forever and it was really hot out. Balloon animals were neat and the music out on the beach later in the day was fun to watch. Some of the games I played were fun but others were a little on the boring side.
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Beth
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 384
Likes Received: 14
I was really looking forward to our first time at the Ko Olina Children's Film & Music Festival. We arrived just after 1pm and got our wristbands. Went and played a few games that earned the kids light up foam sticks for later that night. Then on to more games that were basically spin the wheel to win a prize. So there was some fun there. It was very hot so we got some Aloha Pops.

Then we went to see the aerial performance by Samadhi Hawaii, it was all kids performing and they were amazing! We got some snacks and watched Samadhi Hawaii some more. The kids wanted their faces painted so we stood in line for 90 minutes! There were only two people painting faces. That's a whole lot of ridiculousness right there! After that was at least a 30-minute wait for balloon animals with the whole line being moved from one tent to another. We went and sat on the beach to watch the lip sync battle not realizing that there would be only the sand to sit on, no beach chairs or anything. I wished I had known then I would have brought the beach blanket. But all of the waiting and lines and dealing with random beach goers was a little overwhelming! All of the performances were amazing and for that, I am glad that we attended!
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
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This was a fun time overall but I had hoped for a bit more. It's all for a great cause so I hope they continue doing this each year and I also think it will improve each year but it's just too small overall. As with every Hawaii event, it feels like the entire island turns out and things get overly crowded instantly.

The kid "activities" are incredibly limited. Spin a wheel, win a coupon. Toss a pool float on a construction cone for a light up thingy. Paint a face mask. Some of it is fun for younger kids, other stuff was less fun. What was called an "instrument petting zoo" stuck out in my head as a "petting zoo", you know, with animals. Uh, no. Instead, your kids can try to play one of three or four musical instruments for a couple of minutes. Interesting idea but less than exciting when everyone is expecting animals.

The musical portion is much better and a good time for all. The movie portion is just a bunch of movies you can watch in the Aulani ballroom. I can't sit through a day of endless movies, neither can my kids, but it's still fun for a while. You can also watch some cool acrobatic stuff performed by some local kids, like a mini Cirque du Soleil (and I do mean mini).

There was a couple of food booths but the prices were insane. $5 for popcorn? $4 for a popsicle? Seems like adding more food booths would be good, like a kid friendly Food Festival. Face painting was fun but the line took us 1.5 hours to get through. In the hot sun. With no shade. Terrible planning. Where's the Fastpass line for that!

Speaking of, the entire day was incredibly hot and sweaty with no shade on any of the outdoor areas. Fortunately, Aulani has you covered with cold drinks and plenty of food options. Assuming you have the cash to spend because Aulani food and drinks is always ridiculously expensive. Feels like a combination of Ko Olina and Disney could do so much more, and I hope they will next year!
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