Recently, ESPN television broadcasted the award-winning 30 for 30 documentary titled, Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, documenting the life of legendary big waves surfer, pioneering lifeguard and crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a, Eddie Aikau.
“Eddie Would Go” is a phrase that has long carried deep meaning with countless Hawaiians and surfers worldwide. Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau went beyond those famous three words and chronicles the remarkable life and power of Eddie Aikau.
The Surf Channel wanted to hear the Aikau family’s perspective on watching Eddie’s influential story on television. With the start of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau waiting period in full swing, the Aikau family shared how important the prestigious event is to them in an exclusive interview below.
The Surf Channel: How does it feel to see the story of Eddie Aikau on television?
Aikau Family: It is humbling for the Family to see that, after all these years, people still acknowledge and honor Eddie as a hero.
What does the Quiksilver Eddie mean to the Aikau family?
Aikau: The Quiksilver Eddie surf event is an excellent way to honor Eddie’s memory, his spirit and heroism. The Eddie brand on Quiksilver clothing introduces the Eddie name, legacy and the values Eddie stood for to individuals all over the world.
What was most important to Eddie?
Aikau: Parents, family and the Hawaiian culture.
What should visitors know about Hawaiian tradition before visiting the North Shore?
Aikau: Never turn your back on the ocean.
What is the true meaning of Aloha?
Aikau: Respect the land, culture and the people.
How could television help the surf community?
Aikau: Television allows the public to experience the professionalism of surfers, insight into their personalities and the dynamics of surf contests. In the context of the Quiksilver Eddie event, television could provide insight into the respectful and friendly manner competitors treat one another in consideration of the size and danger of the waves at Waimea Bay.