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“Stoke” to Make Maui Premiere

February 21, 2019, 11:44 AM HST · Updated February 22, 7:32 AM
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The Hawaiʻi-made independent film “Stoke” is coming to Maui’s Kīhei Cinemas for one-night only, on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m.

The feature length drama was shot on Hawaiʻi Island in 2017 and follows Jane (Caitlin Holocombe), a struggling tourist who hires two wannabe guides to take her to an active volcano. Alive with vivid landscapes, “Stoke” dips from playful to dark as the characters journey from one end of Hawaiʻi island to the other to reach the volcano. While Jane struggles to let go of a grievous past, tensions grow as Dusty (Ka’uhane Lopes) and Po (Randall Galius Junior) grapple with the tourism industry created by their volcano until an untimely detour sends the group in an unexpected direction.

Hawaiʻi-based actors Kimee Balmilero (Hawaiʻi 5.0, Magnum PI) and Po’okela award winner Danielle Zalopany are also featured in the film. The film’s soundtrack features the work of Willie K, Bub Pratt, Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu, Keali’i Reichel, Anthony Garza, and Uncle’s Awa band. Directors Zoe Eisenberg and Phillips Payson will be at the Maui event for a brief Q & A following the screening.

The film premiered at the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival, won the Best Women in Film award at the Austin Indie Fest, received an Award of Merit through the IndieFest Film Awards, and will be featured in the upcoming Women of Wonder’s film festival on Oʻahu.

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“This is our first time screening on Maui, and we couldn’t be happier to make our island premiere at the gorgeous Kīhei Cinema,” “Stoke” co-director Zoe Eisenberg said.

“Stoke” is rated R for language and brief nudity. The filmʻs trailer is available online. More information about the film can be found on its website and Facebook page.

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