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Eddie Would Go

Stuart Holmes Coleman

Eddie Would Go

The Story of Eddie Aikau, Hawaiian Hero and Pioneer of Big Wave

by Stuart Holmes Coleman

  • 330 Want to read
  • 36 Currently reading

Published by Tandem Library .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Sports - General,
  • Water Sports,
  • Biography / Autobiography

  • The Physical Object
    FormatUnknown Binding
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL11762769M
    ISBN 101417707070
    ISBN 109781417707072

    In the orange light of late afternoon, the heiau overlooking the Bay and the green valley behind it appear timeless and pristine. The North Shore was a quiet place where waves could be 35 feet, but there might be no one on the beach. His father Sol was a strong Hawaiian man with a husky voice and a commanding presence that made him seem much taller than his 5' 9" frame. But by coincidence, we end up in the same elevator. Martin's Press. Meanwhile, the number of Native Hawaiians had dwindled to a fraction of their original population, due to the onslaught of foreign diseases and chronic health and social problems.

    With the help of haole advisors and their guns, the great warrior chief Kamehameha I conquered O'ahu and united the Hawaiian Islands in Coleman shows how Aikau's life between and was "a strange mix of calm and chaos," with Aikau working as a Waimea Bay lifeguard between local and international surf competitions, culminating in his winning the prestigious Duke Kahanamoku Classic in Their deeds become inflated, their shortcomings forgotten, and they become larger than life heroic figures. This rounded out the names and personalities. Really well done and I give it a very rare and high rating.

    Quite simply, "freedom of speech" Many of us wholeheartedly helped. But eventually wealthy businessmen and planters bought most of the land at dirt-cheap prices, and the natives were often evicted from their native soil. Fifty-two years ago, Aikau successfully rode a mammoth wave with an foot face. But by coincidence, we end up in the same elevator. He was high risk at an early age," says younger brother Clyde Aikau. The words Makua Hanai in Eddie Aikau's full name means feeding parent, [1] an adoptive, nurturing, fostering parent, [2] [3] in the Hawaiian language.


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Eddie Would Go book

Eddie's story was humorously and respectfully told by comedian Kurt Braunohler in a second-season episode of Drunk History that was dedicated to Hawaiian history, which aired on August 12, At the time, there were no jet skis or zodiacs - just two youngsters with a board and swim fins.

He wandered through the same hills where his ancestor Hewahewa once roamed. But Coleman also smartly observes how Aikau's desire to join the crew of the voyaging Hokulea--which was attempting to show that ancient Polynesian sailors had purposely sailed to the islands--was itself an example of the resurgent interest by Hawaiians to explore and reclaim their cultural identity and further added to Aikau's ongoing status as a Hawaiian hero.

Photo: Eddie Aikau Foundation Out of this tragic loss, the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational was born to celebrate his spirit and commemorate his legacy as a lifeguard, a surfer, a human. Except for a few emblems of modern civilization — the square tower of St. The powerful kahuna even tried to become a Christian and wrote a chant in honor of the missionaries when their ship, the Thaddeus, arrived in Their deeds become inflated, their shortcomings forgotten, and they become larger than life heroic figures.

In their book Waikiki, Paul Berry and Edgy Lee write that "On the evening of Saturday, December 6,military officers were having a Christmas party at the Royal Hawaiian," the luxurious pink hotel at the center of Waikiki.

From the landing of the first Western ships to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the history of Hawai'i is reflected in the water of the Bay and its changing temperament. His father Sol was a strong Hawaiian man with a husky voice and a commanding presence that made him seem much taller than his 5' 9" frame.

He saw his people embracing the new religion and the Western ways while losing their land and customs. That would be like claiming the sky or the ocean.

The contest only invites 28 big-wave riders to participate in two rounds of competition. But with each wave of haole sailors and merchants from America and Europe, the infusion of alcohol, guns and germs violently transformed Hawaiian culture.

Coleman brings his skills as an essayist and poet to weave the many strands of Aikau's life into a coherent picture of how Aikau's story""was also the story of modern Hawai'i. Watching a native ride the waves in an outrigger canoe, Cook had once written in his journals, "I could not help concluding that this man felt the most supreme pleasure while he was driven on so fast and so smoothly by the sea.

Eventually the crew was rescued by the Coast Guard, but Eddie was never seen again. After the death of King Kamehameha, his widow Ka'ahumanu, his favorite of 21 wives, and his son Liholiho took control and decided to abandon the old gods and social kapus.

Another variation used recently during the election campaign for Honolulu rail transit was the slogan, "Eddie would ride. Fifty-two years ago, Aikau successfully rode a mammoth wave with an foot face.

Popular culture[ edit ] In the s, bumper stickers and T-shirts with the phrase "Eddie Would Go" [14] spread around the Hawaiian Islands and to the rest of the world. Coleman shows how Aikau's life between and was "a strange mix of calm and chaos," with Aikau working as a Waimea Bay lifeguard between local and international surf competitions, culminating in his winning the prestigious Duke Kahanamoku Classic in Though generations apart, they both saw Hawai'i go through enormous changes with each new wave of immigrants flooding its shores.

Four years later, one of Cook's officers returned to Waimea. The aforementioned saying was born because, as many will attest, Aikau would go when nobody else would or could. Waimea's once thriving valley had been almost completely abandoned by the mid-twentieth century.Eddie Would Go.

Even today, as you are driving in the Hawaiian islands, you will see a bumper sticker that simply says, “Eddie Would Go.” There is a legendary story behind this simple phrase.

Hawaii Magazine

It is a call to courage and to aloha. That Eddie would go was never in doubt. Lna‘i, he estimated, was only twelve miles away. After a night of clinging to the overturned hull of their capsized. Eddie Aikau was a championship athlete, a waterman, and a family man who truly cared for others.

Eddie was not just the 1st lifeguard at Waimea Bay; he was the 1st lifeguard for the entire North Shore, and saved over people throughout his career.

Eddie would brave the waves that often reached 30 feet or more, when no one else would go out. “We are grateful for the outpouring of support from our community and partners to ensure ‘The Eddie Would Go,’” said Eddie Aikau Foundation President Sol Aikau.

According to reports, Aikau was the first official lifeguard to patrol Waimea Bay, and he saved more than people from the punishing waves. When Aikau was on duty. “Every surfer worth his salt will appreciate Eddie Would Go.” --Surfer Magazine Eddie Would Go is the only biography of one of Hawaii’s greatest heroes.

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