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2016/06/30 10:43 

Anime fans mark your calendars for July 8-10, 2016, when Hawaii Theatre Center presents the Miyazaki Ghibli Film Festival at the historic Hawaii Theatre. 

The film festival showcases the internationally acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, featuring four of his celebrated films over a three-day period.


Features include Princess Mononoke, the first animated film to win Japan’s Academy Award for Best Picture, Kiki’s Delivery Service, the highest grossing film in Japan upon its release, the Academy award-winning Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro, winner of the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize, the Mainichi Film Award and Kinema Junpo Award for Best Film.



The Miyazaki Ghibli Film Festival is a family-friendly community event held in collaboration with Art + Flea and Pig and the Lady. The festival will also include a pop-up shop, arts and crafts workshops, a costume contest for children and several popular local food vendors.

Opening Night: Friday, July 8, 2016             



8 p.m.


Universally acclaimed by critics, a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. An epic story of conflict between humans, gods and nature.


 Saturday, July 9, 2016




4 p.m.


The beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. A beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.




8 p.m.


The story of 10 year-old Chichiro who was separated from her parents while at an abandoned carnival site and stumbles upon a dream like spirit world from which she must escape to return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass type whimsy, SPIRITED AWAY cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical story telling.

Closing Day: Sunday, July 10, 2016




3 p.m.


One of the most endearing internationally renowned films of all time, the film tells the tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who discover that the forest surrounding their new house provides a home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are only seen by children.

WHERE: Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel Street, Honolulu


COST: Adults $15.00, 17 years and under $10.00, Children 3 and under free. A $3 theatre restoration fee is included in the ticket cost.


TICKETS: On sale June 7, 2016 at the Hawaii Theatre Box Office. Call 808-528-0506 during business hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. or visit

About Hawaii Theatre Center

The Hawaii Theatre Center was established in 1984 as a private nonprofit organization to restore and operate the historic Hawaii Theatre as a multi-purpose performance facility for artistic, cultural, entertainment and educational events and to promote the redevelopment of the downtown Honolulu/Chinatown area 


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