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Go deep into the ocean without getting wet at this Hawaiian film festival

Prepare to experience oceans as you've never experienced them before when a sea-themed film festival returns to the island of Hawaii.

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival, which is set from Jan. 1 to 8, strives to immerse guests in an environment that promotes greater awareness of our oceans. In addition to screenings, the festival will offer exhibits, guest speakers and intimate question-and-answer sessions.

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FOR THE RECORD

5:30 p.m. Dec. 24: An earlier version of this article mistakenly said the films "Lihua's Journey," "Mission Blue" and "One Ocean: No Limits" would be screened at the 2016 Waimea Ocean Film Festival. Those were 2015 festival selections.

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Among the featured films at the 2016 event are:

"Hokulea – Proud Voyage Home": The film recaps a two-year, 16,000-mile journey by modern day voyagers using a double-hulled canoe similar to those used by ancient Polynesian explorers. The perilous sailing was undertaken without the use of modern navigational tools such as GPS.

"Meru": Near the headwaters of India’s sacred Ganges River, a peak on Mount Meru routinely thwarts attempts by some of the world’s best rock climbers to scale it. The documentary follows the efforts of three amazing climbers -- Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk -- who face seemingly insurmountable amounts of snow and ice during their ascent.

"Ocean Driven": Following the surfing odyssey of Chris Bertish, the film takes viewers on an around-the-world odyssey as the famed waterman tackles waves in Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico and South Africa.

The festival will be staged at three resorts. Various activities will be held Jan. 1 to 4 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the Fairmont Orchid. The festival moves to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai from Jan. 5 to 8.

Schedules - broken down by dates and venues - can be found online

Passes vary by price, based on the dates, the venue and the number of films a guest wants to see.

Info: Waimea Ocean Film Festival, (808) 854-6095

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