Exhibition on the history of surfing and the image gallery at the MACC


The Maui Arts and Cultural Center has announced the opening of a new exhibit on the history and imagery of Surf Hawai’i at the Schaefer International Gallery.

Surfing Hawai’i will be on view in the gallery from December 16, 2018 to February 17, 2019.


Point Panic 7, Peter Shepard Cole, 2018, oil on canvas, 20 x 48 inches. CP: MAC.

The Air I Breathe by Pete Cabrinha, acrylic, 48 × 36. CP: MAC.

Lokahi by Noble Richardson, oil on panel, 48 × 36. CP: MAC.

Surfing Hawai’i features the most popular ocean sport, starting with the origins of he’e nalu in traditional Hawaiian knowledge and the recreational relationship with the ocean. The story continues with the evolution of surf tourism and surf culture in the islands, as evidenced by archival documents, surfboard collections and vintage artifacts.

A group of accomplished artists from Hawaii, whose work focuses on the theme of surfing, were invited to create original contemporary two- and three-dimensional works for the exhibition. They include: Carol Bennett (Kaua’i), Pete Cabrinha (Maui), Peter Shepard Cole (O’ahu), Mark Cunningham (O’ahu), Charlie Lyon (Maui), Wayne Levin (Hawai’i), Noble Richardson (Maui).


There will be several public events related during this exhibition:


Historical surf film: the essence
Thursday, January 10, 7 p.m. at the McCoy Studio Theater
Filmed by the father of the surf film genre, Bud Browne, The Essence evocatively shares the beauty of surfing while reflecting on why we surf. Beautifully produced with archival footage from the Bud Browne film archives, it features over fifty of surfing’s biggest legends, including George Downing, Buzzy Trent, Gerry Lopez and Duke Kahanamoku.

After the film, a group of professional surf athletes including Kai Lenny, Paige Alms and others will talk about their career influences and ambitions. The evening will be a celebration of sport and the generations that have defined it.

Tickets: $ 12 (plus applicable fees), available at the MACC box office, (808) 242-SHOW or online at MauiArts.org.


Surf Hawai’i: Conferences
Sunday January 27, 2 p.m. at the McCoy Studio Theater
“Women and Legends of Surfing” – Well-known Hawaiian language and culture educator PÅ«lama
Collier, born on the northeast coast of Maui, will share her knowledge of spirituality and sport and the history of Hawaiian women in surfing.

“Selling Hawai’i with Surf, 1880 to 1980” – Surfing is one of Hawai’i’s most iconic symbols, even more in the past than it is today. This talk explores how Hawaiian surfing came to be over a century of advertising and other aspects of pop culture; rare historical illustrations are described and explained by author and historian DeSoto Brown.

These events are free but places are limited.


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