January is an ideal time to visit the Big Island. Temperatures remain warm and pleasant, while humpback whales can be seen along the coast. Some of the most beautiful resort properties in the world are found on the Big Island and host to festival programs.
For air travel, Kona is most convenient airport to the festival, although arrivals into either Kona or Hilo airport offer pleasant, small airport experiences and are within driving distance. The island does not offer many transportation options. During the Waimea portion of the event, a car will likely be necessary, although attendees can both stay and attend films at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaiʻi. When the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, attendees can stay on property and do the same. If you would like to coordinate a carpool situation with other attendees, please contact the festival office.