Hawaii Mom Blog: Ko Olina Children's Film & Music Festival




January 19, 2014

Ko Olina Children's Film & Music Festival

On Saturday our family went to the Ko Olina Children's Film & Music Festival, a benefit for Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children.

We arrived in Ko Olina just before the 1pm start time, and there was already a line for parking (fortunately it moved quickly).

Upon arrival and receiving our hosted wristbands, my kids immediately partook in the activities, which were spread out between the Aulani and JW Marriott Ihilani properties.

They made egg shakers, spun a wheel to get prizes, golfed, played with bubbles, took ukulele lessons, and so much more!
Making egg shakers
Spinning the Pearlridge Wheel
Getting some golf tips

Bubble Zone

Ukulele Lessons
There were several performers to entertain the guests, and we were fortunate to be able to watch a few of them, including James McCarthy, ukulele duo Honoka & Azita, and the Samadhi Hawaii Aerial Troupe.

James McCarthy telling a story

Honoka and Azita

Samadhi Hawaii Keiki Aerial Troupe

Disney documentaries and animated films were also shown throughout the day.

I really liked that there were a variety of activities that guests could choose from, and that there were lots of friendly and helpful volunteers and adequate signage so visitors could find their way to the various activities.

I also enjoyed roaming through the properties - Ko Olina is just a stunning place with gorgeous views!

It was a very beautiful day, but the heat and lack of shade was a bit of a deterrent for some of the activities and performances.  Also, a few of the activities had very long lines, (the face painting/tattoo line was extremely long with waits of over 45 minutes), but guests still enjoyed themselves, and the kids seemed to be having a blast (especially in the Bubble Zone!).

By 6pm, as the sun started to set, the Kohola Lagoon was already filled with people waiting to watch the feature film - The Lion King.
Visitors waiting on the beach for The Lion King to start
It was a fun-filled day at Ko Olina!
Disclosure: I was provided complimentary tickets for the event.

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