Surf film festival runs throughout July at the Honolulu Museum of Art

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Screen still of John John Florence from his film, "View From a Blue Moon."
Screen still of John John Florence from his film, "View From a Blue Moon."
Oahu visitors looking to explore the destination's surf culture should be sure to check out the ninth annual Honolulu Surf Film Festival, a showcase of nearly 40 films running July 2 to 31 at the Honolulu Museum of Art.


Featuring multiple screenings nearly every night next month at the museum's Doris Duke Theater, the festival also includes the highly popular opening and closing events, panel discussions and even opportunities for viewers to win a surfboard.

"The Honolulu Surf Film Festival is a great place for visitors to mingle with locals," explained Lesa Griffith, the museum's communications director. "The films attract surfers from all over the island."

This year's showcase is headlined by the film "View From a Blue Moon," starring 23-year-old Oahu surfer John John Florence, who won the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational in 60-foot surf this February at Waimea Bay.

Another film generating buzz is "The Wave I Ride," which profiles one of the world's few female big wave surfers, Maui's Paige Alms, as she recovers from a devastating injury to return to one of the planet's largest waves.

This year's event also features a few favorite films from surfing's past, paying homage to stars of yesterday and some of the sport's most beloved movies.

"The vintage film screenings are especially popular," Griffith said. "It's now a tradition for the closing night to feature Hawaii legends talking about their experiences. This year we close things out with a tribute to North Shore pioneer Peter Cole."

Oahu legend Cole will headline the closing event July 31 with other surf heroes like Clyde Aikau, Kohl Christensen and Mark Cunningham along with live music and food by acclaimed Oahu chef Ed Kenney, who recently opened the Mahina & Sun's restaurant at the hip new Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Waikiki.

Admission to Honolulu Surf Film Festival's opening and closing events is $25, while the cost for standard film screenings is $10 for adults and free for kids under 17. For full details and a screening schedule, click here.  

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