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Bishop Museum presents Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawai‘i

November 29, 2019

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is proud to partner with the Bishop Museum's Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawai‘i, an exhibition opening this month that celebrates surfing’s connection with Hawai‘i’s history, culture, and natural environment—inviting visitors to explore surfing as an art, a sport and a way of life. 

Drawing from the richness of Bishop Museum’s collections, Mai Kinohi Mai (“from the beginning”) will showcase some of the oldest storied surfboards known to exist, as well as rare memorabilia and historic photos that will help to tell the story of surfing from its roots in traditional Hawaiian culture to its expansion as a worldwide phenomenon. The boards on display will represent all eras of the sport, including the oldest known traditional surfboards, one of which belongs to high chief Abner Pākī, father of the Museum’s namesake, Princess Bernice Pauahi. Examples of other boards on view belong to surf legends like Duke Kahanamoku and Rell Sunn. Mai Kinohi Mai will also feature a cinematic immersive media experience, a surfing simulator, and other interactives that examine the science of surf. Ethan Estess of Countercurrent will have his Plastic Free Pipeline sculpture on display. Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawai‘i will be on view from December 14, 2019–May 3, 2020 in the Castle Memorial Building. Visit as a family or bring your students! Book your school field trip today!