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Nov 10, 2018 at 11:00 am to Nov 12, 2018 at 9:00 pm
SALT At Our Kakaako, Honolulu, HI
Event Summary

This program presented as part of HIFF's inaugural VR LOUNGE, held at SALT at Our Kaka'ako on NOV 10, 11, and 12 from 11AM - 9PM. This program is FREE. Please RSVP for a time and arrive 5 minutes early. You can also come down and wait on standby if you don't reserve a time.

Event Details


A companion piece  to the CHASING CORAL documentary feature screened at HIFF 2017, CHASING CORAL: THE VR EXPERIENCE follows ‘coral nerd’ Zackery Rago as he explores Lizard Island and examines the impacts of bleaching through time-lapse photography.




The haka is a fearsome and impressive demonstration of strength in Maori culture. Placing us alongside a young Maori man trying to reconnect with his history and identity, FINDING HAKA  brings us face to face with the terrifying wardance, but also its importance as a symbol of survival and community.


SONGBIRD is a fairytale with a dark heart. You will be transported to the island of Kauai in 1984 and into a painted replica of a lush cloud forest filled with colourful birds. Here, you are invited to search for the last known ʻōʻō, an iconic black bird with yellow leg feathers and a beautiful song, a bird whose existence has been threatened to the point of extinction. You are retracing the steps of world renowned ornithologist Dr Jim Jacobi, one of the last known people to ever see the ʻōʻō bird. You will hear the true story of his extraordinary meeting with the fabled ʻōʻō. Jim’s past experience and your present begin to merge as you first hear and then see the ʻōʻō, culminating in a final close encounter with the legendary ʻōʻō himself. In the piece, the ʻōʻō is 3D animated, and other birds such as the i’iwi and the kamao are 2D animated. The cloud forest itself is comprised of 2D and 3D painted assets, each and every leaf and plant meticulously researched. The painted artwork and animation was created by Uri and Michelle Kranot who have been honoured with the top industry awards for their work, including the Oscar Academy Award Shortlist.

SONGBIRD has been created with a fully spatialised soundscape of recordings of extinct birds - sonic fossils - combined with authentic sounds from the Kauai’an wet forest. The ʻōʻō recording in the piece was recorded in 1976. The ʻōʻō was declared extinct in 1987. The ʻōʻō is not alone; over half of the Kauai’s original 13 native forest birds have disappeared. Kauai is not alone either; globally 1 in 8 birds are threatened with extinction. Veteran British actress Sian Phillips narrates.



Director: Patrick Osborne 
Release: 2016
Country: United States
Length: 6 minutes
A father and daughter crisscross the country in an older model hatchback chasing their dreams, but must accept the responsibilities of being a family. The first VR film to be nominated for an Academy Award, PEARL puts us in the passenger seat of the car as it tours through the lives of its characters, set to the beautiful soundtrack of the song they make together.
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SALT At Our Kakaako
691 Auahi Street
Honolulu, HI, 96813

Nov 10, 2018 at 11:00 am to Nov 12, 2018 at 9:00 pm
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