Hawaiians, like a lot of Islanders, are connected to the ocean and not just for recreation but spiritually which makes sense that we are the inventors of surfing. Fortunately there are many surfers of color, world wide, contrary to what the white surf magazines portray and one worth mentioning is Eddie Aikau, a well-known Hawaiian lifeguard and big wave surfer. In 1978, the Polynesian Voyaging Society was seeking volunteers for a 30-day, 2,500-mile journey to follow the ancient route of migration between Hawai’i and Tahiti, and Eddie was chosen to become one of the crew members. The Hokule’a left the Hawaiian islands on March 16, 1978 in storm like conditions. The double-hulled voyaging canoe developed a leak and later capsized about twelve miles south of Molokai. In an attempt to get help, Eddie paddled toward Lanai on his surfboard and was never seen again.
This is his story. This is our story. Kanaka Maoli Pride ❤
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This is Hōkūle`a.