Eddie Would Go: The Story of Eddie Aikau, Hawaiian Hero and Pioneer of Big Wave Surfing by Stuart Holmes ColemanIn the 1970s, a decade before bumper stickers and T-shirts bearing the phrase Eddie Would Go began popping up all over the Hawaiian islands and throughout the surfing world, Eddie Aikau was proving what it meant to be a waterman. As a fearless and gifted surfer, he rode the biggest waves in the world; as the first and most famous Waimea Bay lifeguard on the North Shore, he saved hundreds of lives from its treacherous waters; and as a proud Hawaiian, he sacrificed his life to save the crew aboard the voyaging canoe Hokulea.
Eddie Would Go is the compelling story of Eddie Aikaus legendary life and legacy, a pipeline into the exhilarating world of surfing, and an important chronicle of the Hawaiian Renaissance and the emergence of modern Hawaii.
Eddie Would Go: The Story of Eddie Aikau
He was the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on the island of Oahu. He saved many lives and became well known as a big-wave surfer. Born on the island of Maui, Aikau later moved to O'ahu with his family in Not one life was lost while he served as lifeguard at Waimea Bay. Eddie braved surf that often reached 20 feet high or more to make a rescue. He became very famous for surfing the bigHawaiian surf and won several surfing awards including First Place at the prestigious Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship.
As the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on the island of Oahu , he saved over people and became famous for surfing the big Hawaiian surf, winning several awards including the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship. The words Makua Hanai in Eddie Aikau's full name means feeding parent ,  an adoptive, nurturing, fostering parent,   in the Hawaiian language.
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He was a well-known Hawaiian lifeguard and surfer. As the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on the island of Oahu, he saved over people and became famous for surfing the big Hawaiian surf, winning several awards including the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship. The Google Doodle page describes Aikau as a big wave surfer, lifeguard, and enduring symbol of Hawaiian heritage. Aikau parents were Solomon and Henrietta Aikau. He was the third child in the family.
Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian first, surfer second. Photo: University of Hawaii. Really big heart. You know he saved so many people. Shoulders and arms.
Eddie Aikau was born in Kahului, Hawaii, on the 4th May 4, He was the second-oldest of the five Aikau kids and leader of their pack, since their earliest days on Maui, through to their surfing days on the South and North Shore's of Oahu. He was high risk at an early age," says younger brother Clyde. At the same time, he challenged the biggest waves on offer in the Hawaiian Islands. The two brothers worked together, for ten years up until and never lost one person. There were no jet skis or zodiacs.