Given that we’re still in the holding period of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, and the Hokule’a is sailing around the world, Bess Press has decided to release a new commemorative biography of the legendary Hawaiian waterman Eddie Aikau. Stuart H. Coleman–author of the authoritative Aikau biography Eddie Would Go–wrote the new book as well, which is titled Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian Hero.
“Since the publication of Eddie Would Go almost 15 years ago, Eddie’s reputation has only grown over time, and his story is even more timely now as the Hokuleʻa is midway through her Worldwide Voyage,” Coleman said in a Jan. 26 news release. “Wherever the voyaging canoe goes, Eddie sails with her.”
The book is five inches by six inches in size, and includes both photographs and text on each page. It retails for $14.95.
“I was moved to publish this book as the mission of Bess Press has always been to chronicle kama‘aina stories,” said publisher Buddy Bess in the Jan. 26 news release. “When I moved to Hawaii in 1976 and started Bess Press in 1979 the Hawaiian Renaissance was in full force. The stories of Eddie Aikau are now legendary but even back then Eddie’s actions struck me as being incredibly heroic and worthy of publication.”
Photo courtesy Bess Press