Hawaiian Legends Series
The collaboration of ‘Surf Photography Pioneer’ and Emmy-Award-winning Photographer Dan Merkel and Hawaiian-resident/ German-born artist and typographer Harald-M. Lehnardt is a modern day adaptation to tell the tale of surfing’s golden days.
As artists, Lehnardt and Merkel share the same degree of passion and enthusiasm, the ability and commitment to synthesise dynamic and compelling compositions: elegantly integrated, interdisciplinary works of art. Dan Merkel’s iconic photo of Hawaiian patriarch and legendary waterman Eddie Aikau, graced the cover of the 25th anniversary ‘The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau’ Big Wave Invitational surfing contest and captured a piece of Hawaiian History.
Clyde Aikau invited Harald-M. Lehnardt to showcase his artwork at the Opening ceremony of the 2011/2012 Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau. A few month later, Harald Lehnardt was selected to develop the design and concept for the movie poster of the upcoming documentary "Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau", directed by Sam George and produced by Paul Taublieb
and Stacy Peralta. This compelling documentary hit the theaters and festival circuit in the 2nd half of 2013 and was presented by ESPN '30 for 30' bios in 2014.