Jimmy Buffett poses with the surfboard from Apocalypse Now.
Jimmy Buffett, the nation’s most beloved beach bum, is still performing his hit “Cheeseburger in Paradise” to cheering crowds. But the gig closest to the 63-year-old rocker’s heart is overseeing his busy Honolulu Surﬁng Museum at the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel. Admission is free. (808) 791-1200, honolulusurfmuseum.com.
Q What made you open a surf museum?
A I’ve been longboard surﬁng for more than 40 years. A couple of years back I came into this amazing collection from a guy in Santa Barbara and thought, you know, maybe people should see this.
Q Why Honolulu?
A Waikiki has such a rich surﬁng history, it seemed like the perfect place. Plus, I ﬁgured if I put the museum in Hawaii, it’d be a good excuse to visit and check in, then go catch some waves.
Q Your favorite board here?
A I’m sentimental about the Apocalypse Now board. I got Robert Duvall to sign it on my birthday. There’s also a rare Phil Edwards board from the late 1960s that I absolutely love. Every time I come in, I wonder if anyone will notice if I take it down and go out surﬁng with it.
Q Beyond the boards?
A We have ukes and guitars, including a sweet 1958 Fender Stratocaster signed by Dick Dale, the father of surf music. We also have a gold ring from Captain Cook that belonged to the Dole family.
Q You serve margaritas at the museum?
A Oh, yes. I like interactive museums.
Q Margaritas and surfing—good idea?
A The margaritas are for after. Always after.
Photography by Pamela Jones
This article was first published in September 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.