Maui film fest leis out its welcome mat

Event included Taste of Wailea cooking party

WAILEA, MAUI — “I’m seriously considering leaving the industry and taking the head cabana boy job at the KeaLani,” enthused Greg Kinnear, upon receiving an award at the Maui Film Festival on Saturday. Party settings were spectacular at the fourth annual fest, from the lavish opening- night bash on the terrace at the Fairmont KeaLani hotel, to Saturday’s culminating Taste of Wailea, in which top chefs from the world-class resort served up competing delicacies from white cabanas on a sun-kissed hilltop golf course overlooking the sea.

A VIP reception at Spago at the Four Seasons and a private soiree at the oceanside home of former Island Alive co-chair Shep Gordon drew celeb guests, including Geena Davis, Greg Kinnear, Adrien Brody, Rob Reiner, Bai Ling and “X-Men 2” ‘s Kelly Hu.

Davis and Reiner were also festival honorees. Reiner’s opening-night film “Alex & Emma” drew a record crowd of 2,250 to the event’s standout venue, the outdoor Celestial Cinema, causing him to quip: “I haven’t seen this many people sitting on the grass since Woodstock.”

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