Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, Director (and former professional surfer) Sam George. This moving documentary profiles Eddie Aikau: legendary big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard, peacemaker, and crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a.
In 1978, Eddie volunteered as a crew member on the ill-fated second voyage of the Hokule’a as it set sail from Hawai’i to Tahiti. True to his reputation for courage and caring for others, when the Hokule’a capsized in treacherous seas and the lives of the crew members were hanging in the balance, Eddie paddled out on his surfboard to get help. Through archival footage, dramatic reenactments, contemporary interviews, and meticulously researched historical source material, Hawaiian presents the story of Edward Ryon Makuahanai “Eddie” Aikau, a remarkable man who truly embodied the Aloha Spirit. (ESPN Films in association with Peralta Productions and Taublieb Films, 2013, 88 min.).
Admission is free, but a $5.00 donation is appreciated.