Paul Strauch: showing historical surf artifacts that will go to the National Museum of American History | Photo: SHACC

The Surfing Heritage & Culture Center (SHACC) will host its first annual National Luau on August 21, in Washington, DC.

The Luau will bring together an unprecedented gathering of surfing legends and icons to discuss and celebrate the legendary filmmaker Bruce Brown and his movie "The Endless Summer."

Robert August and Mike Hynson, the stars of the film, will attend the event alongside other wave riders who appear in the movie, including Paul Strauch, Fred Hemmings, and Joey Cabell. Robert "Wingnut" Weaver, co-star of "The Endless Summer II," will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

The National Luau will also mark the donation to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History of an iconic poster of "The Endless Summer," a surfboard shaped by Duke Kahanamoku, and a surfboard timeline curated by SHACC.

"Collaborating with our nation's preeminent curators of history in recognizing surfing and The Endless Summer for their part in our history is an honor and privilege," underlines Dick Metz, SHACC Founder.

SHACC will join the Hawaiian community in the celebration of Duke Kahanamoku's 125th birthday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

The ceremony is scheduled for August 24.

"Having one of Duke Kahanamoku's boards enshrined forever at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History along with 'The Endless Summer' film and other boards gives me great satisfaction and assures that future generations will understand the importance of surfing culture in American History," concludes Paul Strauch, executive director at SHACC.

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