Sam George is a surfer, writer, director, and screenwriter probably best known for his work on Riding Giants (2004) directed by Stacy Peralta. According to Wikipedia, “Sam has traveled extensively throughout his career, having explored the coastlines of over 40 different countries and is credited with the discovery of new surf breaks in West Africa, the Andaman Islands and Madeira. Still very active in the surf George continues to compete in standup paddle races and tandem events, usually with his wife Nia Peeples as a partner.”
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.”