Dec 16, 2018 - Feb 17, 2019


Exhibit Detail

This exhibition explores our most popular water sport, beginning with Native Hawaiian history and knowledge of he‘e nalu, and the evolution of surf culture in the islands today.

The story continues with the evolution of surf tourism and surf culture in the islands today, as seen with materials from archives, surfboards from collections, and vintage ephemera.

A group of accomplished artists from Hawai‘i, whose work often focuses on themes of surfing, have been invited to create two- and three-dimensional original contemporary works for the exhibit. They include Carol Bennett (Kauai), Pete Cabrinha (Maui), Peter Shepard Cole (O ‘ahu), Mark Cunningham (O‘ahu), Wayne Levin (Hawai‘i),  Charlie Lyon (Maui), and Noble Richardson (Maui).

Images: Header: detail: "Pe‘ahi, Maui, Hawai‘i" - Photo Images Maui (photograph).
humbnail: "Bull's Eye Moment#2" -  Carol Bennett (shellac, ink, oil on wood panel)

The gallery will be closed on Saturday, February 16. 


“The Essence” Film Screening
Thursday, January 10, 2019; Castle Theater; 7:00 pm ...  Exhibit open until 7 pm!
Filmed by the father of the surf film genre, Bud Browne, The Essence evocatively shares the beauty of surfing while pondering the reason why we surf. Beautifully produced with archival footage from the Bud Browne Film Archives, the film showcases more than fifty of surfing’s greatest legends, including George Downing, Buzzy Trent, Gerry Lopez, and Duke Kahanamoku. Anna Trent Moore, of the Archives, will be in attendance. Following the film, a group of professional surfing athletes, including Archie Kalepa, Paige Alms and Andrea Moller, will talk story. The evening will be a celebration of the sport and the generations who defined it. 
Tickets: $12 (plus applicable fees)  
Observe & Play Family Day
Saturday, January 12, 2019; Schaefer International Gallery; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This popular program brings families together to experience our world class Schaefer International Gallery, view the exhibit and engage in some hands on art-making fun. CLICK HERE for a quick glimpse at what Observe & Play Family Day is like

Sunday, January 27, 2019; McCoy Studio Theater; 2:00-4:00 pm
Women and Legends of Surfing
Well-known educator of Hawaiian language and culture,Pūlama Collier, born on the Northeast shore of Maui, will share her knowledge about spirituality and sport, and the story of Hawaiian women in surfing.
Selling Hawaii with Surfing, 1880 to 1980 Surfing is one of Hawaii’s most iconic symbols, even more so in the past than today. See how Hawaiian surfing has appeared over a century’s worth of advertising and other parts of pop culture.  Rare historic illustrations are described and explained by author and historian, DeSoto Brown.