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Article on the Honolulu Surfing Museum

June 5th, 2009

The Honolulu Star Bulletin has an article on the Honolulu Surfing Museum, which was bankrolled by Buffett and is located adjacent to Jimmy Buffett’s At The Beachcomber restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The term “museum” is stretched pretty thin these days – a traditional museum is a hallowed, hushed sanctuary of artifacts, a library of reality, where you go to learn, to experience the real thing firsthand.

The Honolulu Surfing Museum, on the other hand, “isn’t so much about scholarship,” explains curator Mark Fragale. “We’re about fun!”

Being “about fun” pretty much sums up Jimmy Buffett’s entire business philosophy, and the parrothead entertainer bankrolled the site as an adjacent attraction to his Jimmy Buffett’s Restaurant at the Beachcomber Hotel in Waikiki.


“Everything in here is from the personal collection of Mr. Buffett’s,” explained Fragale, a well-known surfing collector himself. “It began when he acquired the original surfboard used by Robert Duvall in ‘Apocalypse Now,’ and the owner had connections to the Santa Barbara Surfing Museum in California. Buffett also picked up the original balsa surfboard broken up in ‘Ride the Wild Surf’ and many other things from Santa Barbara. Jimmy Buffett has an incredible affinity for surfing and Hawaii culture, and he bought everything needed for the museum is one swell foop.”

Read the full article here and check out the official site for the Honolulu Surfing Museum at www.honolulusurfmuseum.com.

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