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Wailea, HI (May 6, 2013) – “Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau” will be the Opening Night Premiere of the Maui Film Festival at Wailea, Maui Film Festival Director Barry Rivers announced today. The premiere of the Eddie Aikau documentary will take place on June 12 at 8pm at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course. Prior to the Opening Night Premiere, there will be the Opening Night Twilight Reception at Capische? at Hotel Wailea from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Tickets and passes for both events are currently available for purchase.

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Part of ESPN Films’ critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 series, “Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau” examines the legacy of the fearless big wave surfer and first-ever North Shore lifeguard. The film is directed by Sam George and produced by TAUBLIEB Films and Paul Taublieb. Through interviews, reenactments and dynamic historical footage, professional-surfer-turned-filmmaker Sam George uncovers Aikau’s little-known personal and family history and finds a compelling allegory for the reclaiming of Hawaiian culture.

“It is an honor to be granted the privilege of presenting the Hawaii premiere of this powerful documentary showcasing the incredible life of Eddie Aikau and his tremendous life’s work,” said Rivers. “My family came to Hawaii 35 years ago in the midst of this indigenous culture experiencing a vibrant rebirth and that move to Maui touched and shaped the Rivers family for years to come. Presenting this film completes a circle of respect and appreciation that all of us in the Maui Film Festival ‘ohana have for Hawaii, its values and its statewide ‘ohana.

“There’s a reason we called our film ‘Hawaiian’. Eddie’s story is the story of Hawaii, embodied by a remarkable man, a remarkable family, and a remarkable people,” Said George. “Eddie said it best when, only months before his tragic death, he won the prestigious Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Classic. ‘All for the Hawaiians,’ he said, with tears in his eyes. ‘I did it all for the Hawaiians.’So did we.”

The film’s trailer can be viewed below.


The 2013 Maui Film Festival at Wailea is made possible by the tremendous and continued support of a number of local, national and international organizations.

All events will be held June 12-16, 2013. For additional information, please visit

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