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LIHU‘E — In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Committee on the Status of Women will present a free showing of “Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka‘ehukai,” a documentary on Hawaiian surf legend Rell Sunn.
The event will be 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the Lihu‘e Civic Center, Mo‘ikeha Building, Rm. 2A-2B, according to a news release.
Representatives from the American Cancer Society and the Surfrider Foundation will also say a few words at the event.
Known worldwide as a pioneer of women’s professional surfing, Sunn was Hawai‘i’s number one female amateur surfer for five years. In 1975, she co-founded the Women’s International Surfing Association, the first women’s pro circuit, and in 1979 she helped establish the Women’s Pro Surfing.
Sunn died in January 1998 of breast cancer at the age of 47.
The executive director of “Heart of the Sea” was Janet Cole whose producing credits include the Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Promises: Regret to Inform and the upcoming Freedom Machines.
Charlotte Lagarde and Lisa Denker, who are also well-known in the film industry, co-directed the film.
Lagarde’s Every Child Should Have A Chance (2001), Tribal Sovereignty: Unplugged (1998), and Juvenile Justice: Unplugged (1997), have been distributed in public schools throughout the country.
Denker has had a varied career in film, from art directing the Grammy Award-winning rock video for Melissa Etheridge’s “Ain’t It Heavy,” to the independent films Gas, Food, Lodging and Citizen Ruth.
Anyone requiring an alternate format or auxiliary aid to participate should contact the Office of Boards and Commissions at 241-4920 at least five days prior to the event.
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