HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The world’s largest internet search engine has honored a Hawaii legend.
On what would’ve been Eddie Aikau’s 73rd birthday, Google unveiled a special animated doodle on their main page.
It honors Aikau’s legacy as a skilled big-wave surfer, and a heroic lifeguard.
Aikau was born on May 4, 1946 on Maui. He had a strong love for the ocean as he grew to be a lifeguard on Oahu.
He rescued hundreds of people caught in dangerous ocean conditions, braving monster swells on his trusty surfboard.
Aikau’s mysterious death took place during a 1978 voyage with the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
The double-hulled canoe they were on during a 2,500 mile voyage capsized about 12 miles south of Molokai.
Determined to get help for the crew, Aikau attempted to head back to shore on a surfboard.
The crew was eventually rescued, but Aikau was never seen or heard from again.
His brave attempt to get help for his crew inspired the famed saying ‘Eddie Would Go,’ heard and recognized throughout Hawaii.
One of the most famous big-wave surfing events in the world was also named in his honor, ‘The Eddie.’ It only happens when swells at Waimea Bay hold steady at 30 feet or higher during winter months.
Aikau’s legacy is now digitized in Google’s doodle, adding his name to a long list of other historic figures honored on the platform.