Mahalo to my family and friends
who told me to follow my star
and helped me find my destination.
Like a voyaging canoe, this book took time and many hands to
build, and now, after four years in the making, it is finally
ready to sail. It would have been impossible to write the book
without the support and assistance of the Aikau family. I want
to express my deep thanks to Clyde, Myra and Sol, along with the
extended Aikau ohana, including Linda Crosswhite Ipsen, Ricky
Aikau, Lynne Holmes, Jodi Young, Bill Pierce, David Bettencourt
and John Kruse. They have all helped to perpetuate Eddies
spirit. A big mahalo goes to Peter Cole for introducing me to
the Aikaus and for supporting this book from beginning to end.
Sandy Hall was a tremendous help as a writing partner, editor
and friend, and her biography of Duke Kahanamoku served as an
inspiration for this one. I want to thank Jesse Kornbluth for
believing in the book and shepherding it from rough draft to finished
product. Mahalo to all those who gave me valuable feedback on
the book, including Lori Aki, Beth McDermott, Dan Kois, Katharine
Walton, Tai Crouch, Sabrina Civitella, Dotsie Brittingham and
Ed & Alex Coleman. Special thanks to all those who helped
support and promote the project, including Nainoa Thompson, the
Polynesian Voyaging Society, the Surfrider Foundation, Baron Stander,
Donne Dawson and Don King.
Because much of the book is based on personal interviews, I am
grateful to all those who shared their memories and stories about
Eddie, including: Marion Lyman-Mercereau, David Lyman, Ben Finney,
Herb Kane, Norman Piianaia, Piikea Miller, Elisa Yadao,
Mozelle and Johnny Angel, Wallie Froiseth, Fred Van Dyke, Ricky
Grigg, Mark Dombroski, Brian Keaulana, Buffalo Keaulana, Mark
Cunningham, Rabbit Bartholomew, Peter Townend, Kimo Hollinger,
James "Booby" Jones, Ken Bradshaw, Gerry Lopez, Fred
Hemmings, Jeff Hakman, John Kelly, Kelly Slater, Roger Pfeffer,
Barry Kanaiaupuni, Darrick Doerner, Randy Rarick, Jim Howe, Terry
Ahue, Shaun Thomson, Mark Fragale, Jack Shipley, Greg Noll, Sammy
Lee, Joey Cabell, Jock Sutherland, Peter Trombly, Bill Kapuni,
Beadie Dawson, Mayor Frank Fasi, Gov. George Ariyoshi and many
I would also like to thank Wren Wescoatt, Mac Simpson, Greg Laliberte
and Michel Le who helped me design and put the book together.
Mahalo to those who contributed photographs, including the Aikau
family, Greg Laliberte, Kimo Hugho, Bernie Baker, Tim McCullough,
Ricky Grigg, Fred Hemmings, Linda Crosswhite Ipsen, Bob Goodmans
family, David Brown, Leroy Grannis, Sandy Wood, Doug Cavenaugh
and Peter Townend.
Additional thanks go to all those who helped promote Eddie
Would Go, including: Randy Hild, Glen & Meredith Moncata,
Maile Meyer, Joanna Brody, Jodi H. Young, Kevin Luttrell, Liberty
Chavez, James Baker, Mark Cave, David Bent, Deb Kybartas, Michelle
Ching, Sean Marrs, John Heckathorn, Elizabeth Kieszkowski, Wanda
Adams, Nadine Kam, Greg Ambrose, Michael Peters, Ken Kupchak,
the Kolwake ohana, Michelle Shin, Scott Tye, Hal Whitby and David
Yoshida. During my research, I was also helped by Nick Carroll,
Marion Lyman-Mersereau, Weston Yap and Kimo Hollinger, whose articles
on Eddie helped lay the groundwork for the book.
Special thanks to Frank & Kitty Damon and James Baker, my
hanai family in Hawaii.
Finally, I want to thank the following corporations for their
QUIKSILVER, TS RESTRAURANTS, SURFING MAGAZINE and the HAWAII
VISITOR AND CONVENTION BUREAU (HVCB).
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