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Press Release: Kona celebrates sharks on International Shark Day with film

July 01, 2024

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Subject: Kona celebrates sharks on International Shark Day with film

Shark movies at Elks Theater to benefit Hawaiian Youth Education

On July 13, International Shark Day will be recognized in Kona with shark films recognizing the beauty and importance of sharks. Divers, surfers, swimmers and ocean lovers are invited to watch shark films at the Kona Elk Theater as a benefit event for the educating youth in Miloli’i. 

‘Each year, approximately 100 million sharks are killed by overfishing and the shark fin trade. Shark Day celebrates the importance of sharks to people and the ecosystem, and how we can work together to steward the Manō,” said David McGuire, Director of the shark conservation non-profit Shark Stewards and host of the film event.

“We recognize the importance of sharks to our cultural heritage in Hawai’i and can show the world we can malama the Manō,” said Kumu Micah Kamohoali’i featured in the film.  

Films include Brittany Bigg’s brilliant animation Manō, Shark Steward’s Kahu Manō : Guardians of the Shark and the Last Opeluman films were created entirely in Hawai’i.

A suggested $10 donation is requested. Additional food and drink will be available for sale courtesy of the Elks Kona Lodge 2616.

Shark Awareness Shark Day, a day created to dispel myths about sharks and to raise awareness about the importance of sharks to the ocean.

 “The leadership demonstrated by the Kahu Mano in Hawaii is showing the world that we care about sharks and can protect them.”

More information and advance tickets can be found at