HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 25th anniversary of the Quicksilver in memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational was a epic event and our 'Aha i olelo ola' crew was there to share the excitement with the Aikau ohana.
This was a family day for the ohana Aikau, from Eddie's siblings to nieces and nephews and even grand-nieces and nephews. They come from far and away just to be here to honor the name, honor the uncle, and basically to honor their grandparents.
"We all love doing things together. You know, even coming down here, you know they idolize their uncle. They have learned that through their grandparents and our parents, that unity is very important," said Myra Aikau, Eddie Aikau's Sister.
And the richness of this gathering is shared with the privileged few surfers who are chosen to be in the contest. Kala Alexander, selected by the Aikau ohana, was especially touched given his great aloha for Eddie.
"When I found out I got in today, it brought tears to my eyes. To go out there in his honor, I just can't explain how important it is to me. To have an event that honors him is incredible; to be in it is amazing," said Kala Alexander.
And an amazing day it was. Thousands came to watch and the conditions were great. A beautiful day, epic big waves, and some incredible surfing!
And while the Eddie may very well be one of the most prestigious surf competitions in the world, it is clearly more than just a contest.
"Happy my family is here. I'm stoked. My brother is here from the Big Island. My sister is from the Big Island, from Maui, from all over the island. Everyone is here and it's a special day. Friends, family, and big waves," said Gerald Aikau, Eddie's Nephew.