Maui Arts & Entertainment

Local Boy Sells Out Venue for “The SUP Movie” Premiere

December 12, 2014, 7:57 AM HST
* Updated December 12, 8:22 AM
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By Maui Now Staff

Last night’s Maui premiere of Kai Lenny’s “The SUP Movie” was a hit.  A sold-out crowd of 1,200 supporters turned out to see the local legend’s movie, including more than 150 kids from various Boys & Girls Clubs on the island who attended as Lenny’s special guests.

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The SUP Movie premiere opens to a sold out crowd at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Photo by Victoria Hoag.

The SUP Movie premiere opens to a sold out crowd at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Photo by Victoria Hoag.

“It’s fun. I think the whole thing about this is to show the progression of stand-up paddle surfing… the sport has blown up over the last five, six years,” Lenny mentioned in his introduction of the movie.

“It’s cool to see people of all ages… groms, anyone… anybody from four years old can get on one and have fun,” said Lenny.

Maurice Bajon, Director of Boys and Girls Club, also expressed excitement that Lenny is so involved with Maui’s kids.

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The movie stars included: Kai Lenny, Noa Ginella, Kody Kerbox, Zane Schweitzer, Connor Baxter, Sean Poynter, Izzi Gomez, Lori Park, Mo Freitas and more.

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With so many local favorites it was a crowd pleaser. From waves in Nicaragua, Cabo, Fiji and Cali, it was Lenny’s surfing Maui’s local Peʻahi “Jaws” that brought the crowd to an overwhelming applause.

Besides, Kai showing off his infectious smile he showered the audience with hats and more–even a door prize of a new Naish SUP.  It was a great night especially for the young groms.

The SUP Movie. Event flyer.

The SUP Movie. Event flyer.

The SUP Movie premiere opens to a sold out crowd at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Photo by Victoria Hoag.

The SUP Movie premiere opens to a sold out crowd at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Photo by Victoria Hoag.

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The SUP Movie premiere opens to a sold out crowd at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Photo by Victoria Hoag.

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The SUP Movie premiere opens to a sold out crowd at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Photo by Victoria Hoag.

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The SUP Movie premiere opens to a sold out crowd at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Photo by Victoria Hoag.

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The SUP Movie premiere opens to a sold out crowd at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Photo by Victoria Hoag.

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The SUP Movie premiere opens to a sold out crowd at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Photo by Victoria Hoag.

The SUP Movie premiere opens to a sold out crowd at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Photo by Victoria Hoag.

The SUP Movie premiere opens to a sold out crowd at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Photo by Victoria Hoag.

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