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Maui wows fest guests

Island film festivals kicks off 6th annual event

MAUI — An abundance of riches in food VIP parties and filmmaker tribs is creating a dilemma for the upstart Maui Film Festival, which wrapped its sixth annual event June 19.

Though the five-day event screened more than 65 films — the most in its history — a large number of visitors, celebs aside, opted to mingle at various soirees: the VIP Spago and A Taste of Chocolate parties at the Four Seasons Resort ; the grand opening night reception at the Fairemont Kea Lani Resort; and the high ticket outdoors Feast of Wailea, than spend four-hours a night watching the films.

“We can always get these films on DVD later, but the parties are a once in a lifetime experience,” said one attendee from Orange County, Calif.