Waterman is Available on Hawaiian Airlines’ In-Flight Video Entertainment System

Honolulu, HI – Waterman, an award-winning documentary from The Foundation for Global Sports Development, and its charitable media division Sidewinder Films, is now available on Hawaiian Airlines’ in-flight video entertainment system.

Guests aboard Hawaiian Airlines’ transpacific flights can learn about the journey of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku and his influence as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and the undisputed father of modern-day surfing.

“Duke Kahanamoku was a man of remarkable talent and grace who was the embodiment of aloha,” said Evan Nomura, director of in-flight entertainment and onboard products at Hawaiian Airlines. “It’s an honor to be able to share his inspiring story with guests who are traveling between the islands and the continental U.S., Asia and Oceania.”

Waterman opened exclusively in Hawai‘i theaters on April 1 and in two days, climbed to the #1 documentary in America. The film then expanded to Utah, Idaho, Arizona, and Southern California before premiering on PBS American Masters. For the next three months, travelers can enjoy the film on their next Hawaiian flight. Hawaiian offers nonstop flights between Hawai‘i and 16 gateway cities in North America, as well as Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and American Samoa.

“We are so excited to partner with Hawaiian Airlines as a way to widely share Duke Kahanamoku’s Creed of Aloha, philosophy of inclusion, and compassion with the world,” said Dr. Steven Ungerleider Waterman producer. “Duke’s story should be known universally and thanks to Hawaiian Airlines, Waterman can educate and affect the lives of an increased number of individuals with Duke’s inspirational and historical story.”

Narrated by Jason Momoa, Waterman educates the public on Duke’s legacy through rare archival footage, contemporary visuals, and new interviews with Laird Hamilton (big wave surfer), Kelly Slater (11-time world champion surfer), Carissa Moore (Olympic gold medalist), Jack Johnson (musician), David Davis (author, “Waterman”), Moses Goods (playwright and actor, “Duke”), Dr. Isaiah Helekunihi Walker (author, “Waves of Resistance”), Fred Hemmings (world champion surfer), Kelia Moniz (world champion surfer), Kai Lenny (big wave surfer) and others.

About The Foundation for Global Sports Development

The Foundation for Global Sports Development, established in 1996, was born out of a desire to promote and protect the best parts of sport. Guided by its original mission, the foundation delivers and supports initiatives that promote accessible, fair, and abuse-free sport for youth.

The foundation achieves this objective through grants, awards, educational projects, and filmmaking. In 2015, the foundation launched its charitable media division, Sidewinder Films, to inspire and educate audiences through films that shed light on the remarkable, untold stories that celebrate the sport of life. Visit www.globalsportsdevelopment.org and www.sidewinderfilms.org to learn more.

Previous films from The Foundation for Global Sports Development and Sidewinder Films include Emmy-nominated At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (HBO – 2019); Emmy-nominated Munich ’72 and Beyond (PBS – 2016); Oscar-nominated End Game (Netflix – 2018); and Positive All the Way (PBS – 2020).

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 18 years (2004- 2021) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation and was named No. 1 U.S. airline by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards. Consumer surveys by Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawaiʻi.

Now in its 93rd year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaiʻi's biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers approximately 130 daily flights within the Hawaiian Islands, daily nonstop flights between Hawaiʻi and 16 U.S. gateway cities – more than any other airline – as well as service connecting Honolulu and American Samoa, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Tahiti.

The airline is committed to connecting people with aloha by offering complimentary meals for all guests on transpacific routes and the convenience of no change fees on Main Cabin and Premium Cabin seats. HawaiianMiles members also enjoy flexibility with miles that never expire. As Hawai‘i’s hometown airline, Hawaiian encourages guests to Travel Pono and experience the islands safely and respectfully.

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Media Contact: Kirra Downing, kirra@dtlhawaii.com, (808) 292-7100

Waterman Electronic Press Kit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rt2nwejy7w71iaa/AADwY1kC2INRupFBvylzuMFla?dl=0