In lightning speed, Eddie Aikau’s big wave prowess and gutsiness were memorialized on bumper stickers and in the collective consciousness of anyone taunting their buddies to go a little harder, a little bigger. But “Eddie Would Go” was never intended for marketing and Eddie Aikau can’t be limited to one interpretation of those three words that captured the world’s attention. Four generations and 150 years later (give or take), a 22-year-old Eddie Aikau would carry on the family legacy by becoming the official caretaker of sorts for this legendary paradise. In 1984, Quicksilver honored Aikau with the creation of the Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau. All Photos courtesy of the Eddie Aikau Foundation, by Steve Wilkings, The Honolulu Star Advertiser, the Aikau family, and David BettencourtFor more on Aikau’s life, pick up a copy of Eddie Would Go: The Story of Eddie Aikau, Hawaiian Hero, by respected Hawaiian surf historian, Stuart Holmes Coleman.