Eddie Aikau Foundation
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Honolulu, HI 96813

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The Eddie Aikau Foundation is a charitable organization created to share Eddie Aikau's life, contributions and accomplishments while promoting education and the advancement of Hawaiian culture. The Foundation strives to inspire people to develop a strong sense of pride in themselves, their heritage and their community through Eddie's remarkable spirit and character.


"Eddie was a really, really warm-hearted person. Really big heart. He'd do anything for you..."
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2017 Essay Poster

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2017 Essay Contest Timeline

2017 Student Tips

2017 Bi-Lingual Prompt

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We are pleased to announce we will be conduting our annual essay contest this year. ALL 7th through 10th graders, in the State of Hawaii, are eligible to participate. The guidelines, including the NEW essay prompt and time will be posted shortly on our website and Facebook pages.

We will again be accepting essays in TWO language categories, ENGLISH and ʻŌLELO HAWAI'I

The prompt for this year's contest is:

Eddie Aikau was well-known as a Hawaiian big wave surfer.  He was also the Senior Honolulu City & County Lifeguard on the North Shore of Oahu, where he often risked his life to make sure the beaches were safe for everyone.  In 1978 he made the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life in an attempt to save the crew of the Polynesian Voyaging Canoe,  Hōkūle‘a, when it capsized in rough seas.

Ho‘omau.  is the Hawaiian value of perseverance and persistence.

How did Ho‘omau contribute to Eddie Aikau's life and accomplishments? Give Examples.

Give examples of how Ho‘omau  has played a role in your life and how it will help you in your future




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