Tourists who leave their pets back home know that longing feeling for the furry family member they left behind.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked my dog through Waikiki, only to be stopped by tourist families just wanting some kind of interaction with a pet. They’d reach out to Pakala, while saying how much they miss their own dog or cat back home. I totally get it and feel the same way about my dog when I’m traveling.

Whether you’re a cat or dog (or gerbil) person, every animal lover would enjoy the Internet Cat Video Festival that’s making a stop in Honolulu. The first festival launched in Minnesota in 2012, drawing a crowd of 10,000 people. Yes, 10,000 who came to see viral videos of “celebri-cats,” like Maru and Grumpy Cat.

The stop in Honolulu kicks off a 20-plus city tour for 2013-2014. The tour stops throughout the United States and even in Northern Ireland, according to a release. Honolulu’s tour will be at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre.

The festival (#catvidfest) will be organized into Academy Awards-style “cat”-egories, including Documentary, Drama, Comedy, Musical and Lifetime Achievement. You could also see some of the creative cat costumes worn by the human owners. Unfortunately, cats will not be allowed at the theatre. Organizers say that it is an opportunity for the online community to come together in real life and share online content offline.


• Sept. 7 to 12, 2013 at the Honolulu Museum of Art • $8 museum members, $10 general admission •


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