SOUL SURFER, the feature film about Bethany Hamilton’s inspirational story, was presented by the Hawaii Ocean Film Festival and the Waipa Foundation. These events are normally ticketed, but with Friends of Bethany’s sponsorship, the movie was presented to the community FREE of charge!
What a beautiful and special night it was under the stars (and a few clouds!) in the charming town of Hanalei, Hawaii.
“I used to play soccer on this field” Bethany fondly recalled as she and her family said a few welcoming words to the 1000+ attendees. They noted how special it was to have SOUL SURFER showing for free to their friends & community as a “Mahalo” (Thank you) for all the support over the years.
Friends of Bethany volunteers passed out bookmark flyers for the foundation before the film started, while Bethany took pictures with fans and friends.
(L to R) Becky, Noah, Cheri, Bethany, Tom Hamilton, Sarah Hill (played by Carrie Underwood in Soul Surfer), Tim Hamilton, Sonya Balmores-Chung (plays “Malina”).
The film began after sunset. Despite a few bouts of rain, the majority of the guests stayed til the end of the film and it was, all together, a beautiful evening!