Taylor Steele’s latest film, Days of the Strange, will make its California debut on Friday, May 8th at the Encinitas Community Center in Encinitas, CA, to benefit the Kona-California Scholarship Fund. The $15 per ticket event is a fundraiser for the Kona-California Scholarship and an opportunity to get together with cool people to watch good surfing and groove to good music.
The two-screening video premiere is part of a benefit event and will be will be followed by a performance by the HI Roots, as well as a silent auction and raffle of items generously donated by Quiksilver, Reef, Nike 6.0, Nixon, 808 Stand up Paddleboards, Primo Island Lager, Monster Energy Drink, Clark Little Photography, John Rowe Photography and others. A cash bar will be onsite for anyone needing some liquid courage to get out on the dance floor.
The Kona-California Scholarship was founded by Travis Brown and Max Robinson in order to help students from Kailua-Kona, HI, pursue higher education on the mainland. Both Brown and Robinson graduated from Konawaena high school, each going on to receive undergraduate degrees from respected universities in San Diego. Brown graduated from San Diego State University in 2003 with a degree in marketing, while Robinson graduated UCSD in 2004 with a degree in international relations
While Brown and Robinson truly cherish their upbringing in Kona, they feel that the choice to move to San Diego has been invaluable to their personal growth. Their college and career experiences on the mainland have allowed both exciting career paths and a broader perspective on the world. They would like to help other Kona students with a similar desire for education to pursue opportunities in California.
“Max and I are both incredibly fortunate to grow up in Kona and have the option of pursuing higher education in California,” commented Brown. “The decision to leave Hawaii was a difficult one for us both personally and financially. If a young person decides they want to pursue an educational experience out of Kona and in California, we want to help them afford the same opportunities we were so fortunate to be able to take advantage of.
Encinitas Community Center is located at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive in Encinitas, CA. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the all ages showing taking place at 6:00 p.m. After the film ends and the first crowd makes their way home, the doors will reopen at 7:15 p.m. for the age 18 and over second showing, which will occur at 8 p.m. sharp.
For more information about the event, please visit kona-californiascholarship.org.