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Featured Filmmaker: Sam George, Director of ‘Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau’

Sam George, Director of "Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau"

“Hawaiian” director Sam George

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.”

The Maui Film Festival team is very much looking forward to having Sam and other members of his film’s team at the festival this year, as we host the Hawai‘i premeire of his latest film Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau at Celestial Cinema on the festivals opening night, Wednesday, June 12th. The evening includes the screening of several other films (all with connections to Hawai‘i) and “Visionary Award” tributes to both Eddie Aikau and Nainoa Thompson. (Eddie’s award will be received posthumously by members of his family.)

Tickets for the evening can be pre-purchased online via our virtual Box Office.

We asked Sam a few questions and he shares his thoughts and feelings about making Hawaiian below.  Continue reading


This press release is also available as a downloadable PDF.

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 www.mauifilmfestival.com.

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