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Vote for Your Favorite Student Film by Nov. 26

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Date: November 20, 2012
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Contact: Kupono McDaniel, 808-985-6015

Hawaii National Park, Hawai'i - Eleven short films created by island students for the park's Digital Mountain Film Festival are ready for viewing and voting on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/DigitalMountain2012?feature=watch. Each film is approximately three minutes in length.

The last day to vote is Mon., Nov. 26. Send votes to Park Ranger Kūpono McDaniel via e-mail us.

The public is also invited to attend the fourth annual Digital Mountain Film Festival, held at the park's Kīlauea Visitor Center on Sat., Dec. 1. A potluck celebration starts at 5:30 p.m., and the film festival gets underway at 6 p.m. Winners, who have a chance to win Mac laptop computers and digital cameras, will be announced at the festival.

"It's very inspirational and enlightening to see how our island youth perceive Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. They understand the park isn't just for tourists but is their park, too. I hope everyone has a chance to vote for their favorite film and come and celebrate our talented youth at the film festival," said McDaniel.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of L.L. Bean, Disney, the Anschutz Foundation, and the Ahmanson Foundation.

Additional help, funding, and support comes from the Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i Pacific Parks Association, and the Big Island Film Office.

For more information, contact Ranger Kūpono McDaniel at 985-6015 or via e-mail us , and visit the festival's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DigitalMountainFilmFestival.

Did You Know?

Ripe `ohelo berries ready to be eaten by nene.

`Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum) is a relative of blueberries and a favorite food of nene, the Hawaiian Goose. Its berries range from dark red to pale yellow when ripe and are sacred to Pele, the volcano deity.