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Friday Jul 08 06:00 PM
Sunday Jul 24 04:00 PM
Saturday Jul 30 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Part of the Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2016

Directed by Joseph Ryan. Australia. 2015. 82 min.

A look at the origin and impact of the fish surfboard design and how it came to influence surf culture 30 years later.

See the trailer.

Inspired by the film, festival guests can enter to win a fish surfboard shaped by Surf Film Festival co-founder Eric Walden! To enter, sign up or renew a museum membership at the Doris Duke Theatre Box Office. Sign up at the Basic level to be entered once, or sign up at the Supporting level or higher to be entered twice and double your chances to win! The winner of the surfboard will be announced at the Surf Film Festival Closing Night: Surfing the Fifties on July 31.

-Screens with-

Tyler Surfboards
Directed by Jason Baffa. USA. 2015. 8 min.
Board-builder and craftsman Tyler Hatzikian puts a modern twist on an old tradition.

Pre-screening panel discussion

Friday, July 8 at 6pm: Join Hawaiʻi in Design artists Keith Tallett and CJ Kanuha for a pre-screening discussion about surfboard design in its many manifestations. Fish will screen immediately following the panel.

Artist, Keith Tallett, is a second-generation surfboard shaper. Working with his wife, artist Sally Lundburg, and their daughter Kiai, Keith incorporates surfboard materials and designs into a variety of forms, including products for their line of Manukai Handboards fashioned from broken boards and old resin. They also produce a jewelry line using excess resin and fabrication materials. Trained at the San Francisco Art Institute, Tallett is perhaps best known for his mixed-media paintings of the Flying Hawaiian series, which incorporate vinyl tire-tread patterns, enamel paint, fiberglass and resin to produce pristinely finished, highly polished surfaces. The graphic, stylized patterns embedded in Finish Fetish materials reference the language used in surf, car, and tattoo cultures common in Hawai‘i. These subcultures and identifiable visual markers hold cultural capital that enables one to fit in, belong, and elevate in social status.

Professional surfer turned surfboard builder, CJ Kanuha, was trained in the ocean by his father, Clement Keliipoaimoku Kanuha, Jr. Together, they studied surfboards and traditional practices associated with the ancient sport of surfing. Kanuha’s board-making process involves Hawaiian protocol and sustainable methods. He explains, “First you say a prayer, then ask permission, so everything’s good from all perspectives. I’ll look for fallen logs in the forest, or an uncle will know of a ranch where I can find one... After getting it out, I’ll cut it into board slabs.” The boards are then carved in the tradition of Kanuha’s other mentor, Tom “Pohaku” Stone, where a plank of solid wood is sculpted into a finless surfboard intended for ocean use.

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