Honolulu Surfing Museum

McBride Design • Museums & Edu-tainment • 2009

There’s more than history in the Honolulu Surfing Museum at Jimmy Buffet’s Life Guard Bar…


Surfing as an activity is three thousand years old, full of stories, documents, surfboards, photographs, videos, and ancient craft. Let’s open the door to one of the best surfing museums in the world, featuring a variety of surfing and historical artifacts. Located at the Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber restaurant, the Honolulu Surfing Museum does not fail to educate and enthrall even the most hardcore surfing enthusiasts. On a surf trip up the Californian coast, Jimmy Buffet discovered a tiny Santa Barbara Surfing Museum run by surfer and antique collector James O’Mahoney. Thanks to Buffet’s entrepreneurial spirit, ingenuity, and vision, today, surfers and historians (even surf-historians!) can sample the intrigue of this surfing Mecca while recharging with a cheeseburger at Jimmy Buffet’s before heading back out to surf!

A&ES Build Highlights

Honolulu Surfing Museum at Jimmy Buffets Life Guard Bar in Hawaii is a work of A&ES art. The museum itself houses a superb array of surfing and historical artifacts, all professionally presented but with a definite, laid-back vibe. Visitors can look at the development of some significant surfboards from the last century of surfing or gaze in wonderment at pieces made famous more by their owners than their significance in terms of development. While the exhibits cover two distinct categories, the Honolulu Surf Museum atmosphere retains the expected, consistently chilled out ambiance. It is informative and educational about the royal sport of surfing; the emphasis is clearly on the fun as visitors stroll around the exhibits in their boardies and flip-flops, with a cocktail bought from the museum bar in hand.

A&ES Design and Fabrication

  • Custom bamboo and surfing themed display cases
  • Replica “Apocalypse Now” movie helicopter with replica Lt. Col. Kilgore surfboard
  • Surfing themed 3-D signage and 2-D display signage
  • Decorative 3-D tiki sculpture
  • Silver Surfer photo op with a hand-painted backdrop and polished metal surfboard
  • Custom surfboard display wall mounts and floor plinths
  • Bamboo wainscoting, custom millwork and bar top
  • Surfboard themed lighting with 3-D translucent fiberglass wave sculpture
  • Artifact documentation and organization, handling and installation

A&ES Services Details

  • Research and analysis of the client’s goals and requirements
  • Assessment of preliminary space plans
  • Provision of project management services, including preparation of project budgets and schedules
  • Preparation of construction documents, consisting of plans, details, and specifications
  • Preparation of construction documents to adhere to regional building and fire codes
  • Identify facility impacts between contractor and A&ES components
  • The organization, coordination, and planning
  • Pre-production and prototyping
  • SketchUp
  • Rhino
  • Thermoplastic fabrication
  • Shop drawings (CAD)
  • Water-jet metal shapes
  • CNC machining
  • Architectural millwork
  • Specialty automotive paint prepping and finishing
  • Fiberglass production (FRP)
  • 3-Dimensional design and fabrication
  • Complete design specification services
  • In-house fabrication
  • Turnkey installation

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