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Drop into the Honolulu Surf Film Festival

Even during those flat summer spells, surfers can still get their fix for wave riding. The annual Honolulu Surf Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theater is always pumping with surf. It features ocean flicks from at home in the islands and around the world. Talk about mind surfing!

The month-long shenanigans usually opens in July with a night of local eats and entertainment. This year, they’ll be screening “The Heart and the Sea,” a flick showcasing waves from Oahu’s North Shore to waves in Australia, France and Spain.

Because this was filmed over the past three years, I’m pretty sure they got shots of the historic typhoon swell that hit Oz and New Zealand last summer. My boyfriend, sister and I had been traveling Down Under during that swell and got to see it (and surf it) firsthand, so it’d be awesome to relive those glory moments in our lives through this flick.

Together, there are usually more than 20 full-length and short films. This year’s line-up includes “Jaws: Changing the Game,” featuring the famous Maui surf break Peahi (a.k.a. Jaws), and “Boardroom: Legends of Surfboard Shaping,” honoring acclaimed shapers, like Hawaii-born Donald Takayama and old-school surfer and shaper Greg Noll.

Regular screenings are $10 ($8 for museum members). Opening and closing night receptions are $15 ($12 for members). If you plan to see multiple movies, get a festival flash pass ($90, $72 for members). It includes 10 screenings, except for receptions.


• Every July to August • Honolulu Museum of Arts, Doris Duke Theatre, 900 Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96814 • https://honolulumuseum.org/13792-6th

Posted by: Bruce Fisher on Jul 5, 2013