Mai Kinohi Mai

Surfing in Hawai‘i

December 14, 2019 – May 3, 2020

Mai Kinohi Mai

Surfing in Hawai‘i

December 14, 2019 – May 3, 2020

Surfing is a culture, an art, a science, and a way of life. Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawaii is an original exhibit featuring unique treasures from the Museum’s collection of surfing materials and archival surfing photographs. Mai Kinohi Mai (“from the beginning”) offers the greatest assemblage of storied surfboards ever, both from our collection and on loan, spanning surfing’s early history to the present day.

Coming Soon

Museum Hours

Open Every Day
9 am – 5 pm

Ages

All Ages

Location

Castle Memorial Building

Admission

Adults: $24.95
Seniors (65+): $21.95
Youth (4–17): $16.95
Children (3 and under): Free
Children age 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

A very early photo of two surfers at Waikīkī, from about 1895. (Bishop Museum Archives)
John John Florence at the 2013 Eddie Invitational, holding the board he would win the contest with in 2016. The board will be on display at Bishop Museum during the run of the exhibit. (Right Frame Photography)
Duke Kahanamoku and the massive hollow board he built for himself at Waikiki, ca. 1935. (Tai Sing Loo, Bishop Museum Archives)
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A very early photo of two surfers at Waikīkī, from about 1895. (Bishop Museum Archives)
John John Florence at the 2013 Eddie Invitational, holding the board he would win the contest with in 2016. The board will be on display at Bishop Museum during the run of the exhibit. (Right Frame Photography)
Duke Kahanamoku and the massive hollow board he built for himself at Waikiki, ca. 1935. (Tai Sing Loo, Bishop Museum Archives)
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With the advantages of Hawai‘i’s shoreline topography, warm ocean waters, and abundant waves, the indigenous people of the Hawaiian Islands developed and refined the sport that has become a thriving international phenomenon today.
 
Within the gallery experience, be awestruck by the variety of boards on view from all eras of the sport, including the oldest known traditional surfboards, and examples of boards owned or ridden by surf legends such as Duke Kahanamoku and Rell Sunn, the “Queen of Mākaha.” Continue through the gallery to an enormous room lined with projection screens, and be immersed in surf videos dating from the early-twentieth century to today. So realistic are these videos that you’ll almost seem to be in the water, rushing down the face of a wave. If this isn’t thrilling enough, the “Surf-O-Lator” allows you to ride a digital wave! Then discover the science behind catching the perfect swell with interactive touchscreens. Finally, stop by surfboard maker Pohaku Stone’s workshop and see firsthand how traditional-style boards are made.
 
Young or old, surf novice or expert, come find a bit of the surfer in you—at Bishop Museum.

Duke Kahanamoku and the massive hollow board he built for himself at Waikīkī in about 1935. (Tai Sing Loo, Bishop Museum Archives)

A 1960s decal from the time of the surfing craze in the USA. (Private collection)

This exhibition is generously supported by Duke’s Waikiki and DAWSON.

Contributing Sponsors
First Insurance Company Hawaii
Subaru Hawaii
Tommy Holmes Foundation

Media Sponsor
Surf News Network

Hospitality Sponsor
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts

Cover image:

A colorful advertising booklet from the late 1920s promotes travel to Hawai‘i via the Los Angeles Steamship Company. (Private collection)