Honolulu Surf Film Festival: Summer of Shorts

Moho + Panel Discussion

Expired August 1, 2021 4:00 AM
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World Premiere. Directed by Dr. Cliff Kapono, PhD. 2021. Hawaiʻi. 4 min. 


This new animated short introduces a Native Hawaiian perspective around the past, present and future depictions of modern surfing. Moho aims to elevate the conversation of surfing in the Olympics as well as bring international attention around Hawai‘i’s push to have their own Olympic surf team. Join young Hawaiian surfer ‘Apo as he imagines what Paoa would think of modern surfing today. ‘Apo explains the story of Paoa’s great achievements alongside some of the harsh realities that he had to endure in private. ‘Apo imagines how Paoa would react after learning of Native Hawaiians being asked to surf in the 2021 Summer Olympics under a different country’s flag. Sign the petition to allow a Hawai‘i surf team to compete in the 2024 Summer Olympics here.


The screening will include a panel discussion with the film’s creators, moderated by Daniel Ikaika Ito.  

Dr. Cliff Kapono, PhD (Writer/Director) is an award-winning filmmaker, scientist and pro surfer who focuses on indigenous storytelling through surf and science. 


Dr. Isaiah Helekunihi Walker, PhD (Cultural Advisor) is the Author of “Waves of Resistance” and the Academic Vice President at Brigham Young University Hawai‘i. Much of his research focuses on Hawaiian history around surfing. 


Michael Q. Ceballos (Producer/Director) is the founder of Twiddle Productions.  Located in beautiful Honolulu, on the island of O‘ahu, Twiddle Productions is a unique animation, production, education and multimedia studio. Their work has been featured on television, in schools, and film festivals around the world, and is as diverse as their multi-faceted, multi-cultural workforce. 


Matt Kawika Ortiz (Producer/Art Director) is an artist who lives in Hawai‘i. He specializes in illustration, design and mural painting. He is best known for his illustrations of sustainable treehouses with Wooden Wave, an artist collective with his wife, Roxy. 


Daniel Ikaika Ito (Moderator) serves his community as a Honolulu Surf Film Festival committee member, ODKF board member, Na Kama Kai board member, Hawaii Community Development cultural specialist and Kamehameha Schools Surf Team coach. Ito is a graduate of the Pacific Century Fellows, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Kamehameha Schools Kapālama. He became the first native Hawaiian editor of a surf publication during his two-year tenure at Free Surf Magazine, and is a seasoned surf journalist covering he‘e nalu for Surfing Magazine, ESPN, Honolulu Star BulletinHonolulu Star Advertiser, Surfer’s Journal and Contrast Magazine. He is one of the founders of Contrast Magazine and Pai’ea Projects. Furthermore, he was a staff member of Mana MagazineHAWAI‘I Magazine and Hawaii Business Magazine

  • Runtime
    46 minutes