Charlyne Yi, Amber Tamblyn featured at 2010 GiRL FeST

Nov. 8, 2010 | 1 Comment

Photos courtesy of Toomy Shih


The annual event, presented by the non-profit group GiRL FeST Hawaii, aims to empower women and girls through the arts. The organization also works to prevent violence against females through ongoing workshops (for more info about the workshops, go to

After some debate whether she could break away from her busy TV work schedule, actress-writer Amber Tamblyn will be back as a favorite festival attendee.

This year’s special guest is Charlyne Yi, who made her name playing the “stoner girlfriend” in Judd Apatow’s 2007 comedy “Knocked Up” and made the love-themed “hybrid documentary” “Paper Heart” last year with the help of her friend Michael Cera.

Yi will also be a guest on Conan O’Brien’s new TBS talk show on Wednesday, along with “Mad Man” actor Jon Hamm.

Yi wrote via e-mail late last week that “I’m not sure why they asked specifically me to be part of (GiRL FeST). But when they asked me to participate, I said no. Just kidding. Of course I said yes.

“I’ve never been to Hawaii, so I’m excited. And I’m excited to see the performers as well,” she said.

“Along with being part of this event, I hope to experience the culture and not the touristy stuff. Tourists scare me. I will probably do a lot of exploring, hopefully ride a horse for the first time, try to find a baritone ukelele, maybe play music with some new friends? I have no idea what adventure is yet to come.

“I’m happy to partake in this event and support such a great cause as this,” Yi said. “It’s truly a beautiful thing … to see strangers helping strangers for the greater good. Sometimes we need help finding our strength, because the truth of the matter is that we’re all strong … but we’re even stronger hand in hand.”

7th Annual Girl Fest Hawaii

>> “Girls Night Out”: 8 p.m. to midnight Wednesday at theVenue, 1144 Bethel St. Opening night concert with Simple Souls, poets Mindy Netifee and Natasha “T” Miller, Shopping List and singer/songwriters Emi Hart and Hope Mayo.

>> Screening of “Salt of This Sea”: 6 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the University of Hawaii-Manoa Art Auditorium. A film about a woman, born of Palestinian refugees living in New York, returning to her parents’ homeland. On Thursday, lead actress Suheir Hammad will be in attendance.

>> “Spit-N-Spin” DJ & Poets Party: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday at Fresh Cafe, 831 Queen St. Featuring spoken-word poetry from Netifee, Amber Tamblyn, Michelle Myers, and KTUH deejays Iriesistable, Zilla, ADHDJ, Timo and Dlux.

>> “Bands Against Violence”: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at Anna’s, 2440 S. Beretania St. Live music from the Hell Caminos, Black Square, Dirty Genes and Nickle P. with Miller.

>> “Interisland Down & Derby”: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Kamiloiki Park, Hawaii Kai. Featuring the women of Hawaii Pacific Roller Derby.

>> Closing night party: 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday at Fresh Cafe. With comedian/actress Charlyne Yi, Netifee, Tamblyn, Mani-Padi, Badenyaa & Sewa Fare, Hawaii’s B-Girl Crew, DJs Miki Mayhem and Spike.