As part of our mission to support Native Hawaiian cultural programs, DAWSON is a major sponsor of the surfing exhibition Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawaii, now on view at Honolulu’s Bishop Museum. “Mai Kinohi Mai” means “from the beginning” in Hawaiian; the exhibition traces the history and culture of surfing from its origins as a Hawaiian sport to the present day.
Bishop Museum is widely considered to have the greatest assemblage of surfboards in the world because of the breadth of its collection and the various eras represented. The exhibition will feature a display of storied surfboards, from the oldest known traditional wooden surfboards to boards belonging to famed Hawaii surfers like Duke Kahanamoku and Rell Sunn. Other highlights will include a video wall showcasing Native Hawaiian surf stories and surf videos from the early 20th century until today. Visitors will also be able to experience a simulated 30 foot wave designed to replicate Duke’s legendary 1917 Waikiki ride.