Papahanaumokuakea shipwreck film to premiere in Honolulu

Dr. Kelly Gleason investigates an early 19th century anchor in the reef at the Two Brothers shipwreck site. (Photo: NOAA/Casserley)

A film about the discovery of a shipwreck at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument makes its Hawaii premiere this weekend.

“Lightning Strikes Twice” follows the discovery of the whaling ship Two Brothers, a vessel captained by George Pollard Jr., who earlier commanded the ill-fated Essex, which inspired the classic tale Moby Dick.

The Two Brothers ran aground on French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in 1823 and remained hidden at the bottom of the ocean until its discovery in 2008.

In addition to the screening, the event includes speakers, a reception with food, drinks and music, and a chance to talk to members of the team who discovered the shipwreck and crafted an intriguing cinematic story around their findings.

The premiere takes place Saturday, March 22, 6-9 p.m., in the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Tickets cost $15 general admission, $12 museum members.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, click here.

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