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Surf’s Up on the Big Screen in Kailua-Kona

Big winter swells bring surfers from around the globe to the Hawaiian Islands to challenge their skills and conquer the towering beasts – often more than 40 feet overhead! Their arrival also marks one of the most anticipated annual film festivals on the Big Island.


Kona Surf Film Festival on Hawaii Island, Saturday, January 28 – Photo courtesy of Chad Campbell

Now in its 13th year, the Kona Surf Film Festival, Hawaii’s premiere international surf film showcase, is set for Saturday, January 28 from 4pm to 6pm beachside at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.


Breaking on Kohala Coast – Photo Courtesy: Mauna Kea Beach Resort

A celebration of film, music, art, and ono grindz (great food), the not-to-be-missed festival features independent short and feature films from some of the most lauded international and local surf filmmakers.

“The Festival is a chance for filmmakers to expose their work to surfers and non-surfers alike in a really fun atmosphere. The films are very diverse and really creative, with awesome stories, action, and soundtracks. Add to that the live music, good vibes, and occasional surf celeb and it’s a great time for sure,” says Chad Campbell, festival founder and program director.


Tandem surfing with keiki off the Kona Coast – Photo Courtesy Ian Foo, HYPR Nalu

This year the feature film includes: “The Aloha Project,” “Given,” and “Distance Between Dreams.” A number of short films also will be shown. Campbell encourages participants to bring beach chairs, a blanket, and a sweatshirt – “Evenings can get a bit chilly even here in Hawaii,” he says.


Stoked on Hawaii Island’s surf breaks! Photo courtesy Ian Foo, HYPR Nalu

Tickets are available at the door: $25 adults (14 and over), $15 6-13 years, under 6 years complimentary. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Hawaii Island surfing community and beyond. Beneficiaries have included Kulana Huli Honua, the Betty Kanuha Foundation, Seathos, and the Surfrider Foundation among others.

For more details, phone 808.936.0089 or visit


In the “blue room” shooting the tube! Photo courtesy Christian Lacuesta

Live the Hawaii Life

The Kona Surf Film Festival is just one of many exciting annual events on the Big Island celebrating the joys of Hawaii life! You can live that life full-time or part-time – for information on Big Island real estate opportunities, please contact Carrie Nicholson, R (B), BIC, Director of HL1-Big Island at 808.896.9749 or

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