World Premiere of WATERMAN – SOLD OUT
Friday, Nov. 5, 2021
4:30 p.m. doors open
5:30 p.m. Pre-Show Program by ʻInamona Theatre Company
7 p.m. Screening begins
Bishop Museum Great Lawn
All tickets for this event will be sold through the Hawai‘i International Film Festival website.
In partnership with the Hawai‘i International Film Festival, Bishop Museum is proud to present the HIFF41 Opening Night film and world premiere of WATERMAN, in conjunction with the unveiling of Bishop Museum’s “Hawaiian Olympians” display, and KAIMANA—an Immersive Mist-Media Film Installation created by Taiji Terasaki.
Surfing legend. Olympic superstar. Hawaiian icon. American hero.
Five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku shattered records and brought surfing to the world while overcoming a lifetime of personal challenges. WATERMAN explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and the undisputed father of modern-day surfing, following the sport’s first-time inclusion in this year’s Summer Olympics – a fitting tribute to his work promoting the sport around the globe.
WATERMAN | Director: Isaac Halisma
(USA, 2021, 88 min)
“Hawaiian Olympians” is a new Bishop Museum installation located in in Bishop Museum’s Gulab and Indru Watumull Atrium in historic Hawaiian Hall. This display juxtaposes Duke Paoa Kahanamoku and Carissa Moore, celebrating two individuals living 100 years apart from each other yet sharing the same story—one of respect and aloha for Hawai‘i and the world. Through honoring this “history in the making” we hope that this will continue to inspire the next generation to strive for excellence, honor those that have come before us, and leave a legacy that will last long past us.
Also on view, in partnership with HIFF41:
HIFF41 AND TAIJI TERASAKI PRESENT: KAIMANA
An Immersive Mist-Media Film Installation
Bishop Museum Ho‘okipa Lawn
Included with ticket purchase
Hawai‘i-based artist Taiji Terasaki presents KAIMANA—an outdoor, walk-through art and film installation offering a cinematic work projected onto a dramatic, interactive mist curtain. The images projected onto the mist-screen reflect memories of old Hawai‘i and Pacific island life, highlighting fond memories of the Waikīkī Natatorium’s community and vibrant ocean culture.
Through this provocative lens, archival photographs and recently discovered film footage conjure up the nostalgic enchantment of Hawai‘i’s swimming and surfing identity, emphasizing the bonds between architecture and activity, between place and life.