Eddie Would Go

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•Winner of the “Excellence in Writing Nonfiction” award from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association•

•Winner of the 2004 Elliot Cades Award for Literature•

“Every surfer worth his salt will appreciate Eddie Would Go.” —Surfer Magazine

Eddie Would Go is the only biography of one of Hawaii’s greatest heroes. Eddie Aikau was a humble man who was larger than life. As a surfer, he rode the biggest waves in the world; as a lifeguard, he saved hundreds of lives from the North Shore’s treacherous waters; and as a a proud Hawaiian, he sacrificed his life to save his fellow sailors aboard the voyaging canoe Hokule’a.

But more than a biography of a courageous waterman, Stuart Coleman’s Eddie Would Go also tells the story of modern Hawai’i and Eddie’s role in the Hawaiian Renaissance during the 1970′s. The book is based on numerous interviews with family and friends, along with Hawai’i’s leading watermen and scholars, and Coleman weaves together their memories in an exciting and informative story. By exploring his legendary life and legacy, this book will show why Eddie has become such an enduring icon in Hawai’i and the surfing world.


 Reviews for Eddie Would Go:

“A compelling tale of one man’s quest to bring honor to himself and his people.”

Emmett Berg, Los Angeles Times

“Eddie Aikau was a lot of things. But thanks to Coleman’s book he will be remembered for what matters most: as a man who laid down his life for his fellow man.”

Terry Tomalin, St. Petersburg Times

“As a homespun homage to a modern-day folk hero, you’ll see why St. Martin’s has decided to take Eddie nationwide—and why it’s attracting loving glances from Hollywood.”

Outside Magazine

“Eddie was blessed with the right biographer; his soulful life has become a pageturner of a book.  We always knew Eddie would go.  Now, thanks to Stuart Coleman’s compelling biography, we know why.”

Jesse Kornbluth, Bookreporter.com

“Only a mainland haole (Caucasian) could have written this book.  Eddie Aikau has become such a powerful Hawaiian icon that the emotional, cultural and historical baggage would have immobilized a local writer trying to tell Eddie’s remarkable tale.  Unencumbered by such a burden, Stuart Coleman is able to approach the story with the beginner’s mind of a Zen student, unclouded by any preconceptions.  Coleman’s other attribute in tackling this daunting task that he is a teacher, disciplined in seeking the truth from disparate sources.”

Greg Ambrose, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin

“Stuart Coleman’s new biography of surfing/lifeguard legend Eddie Aikau is fantastic…It’s about Hawaiian history, culture, values and especially ‘ohana (family).  It’s about the Vietnam War.  It’s about the ‘60s and ‘70s transitioning from ‘wine, women and song’ to ‘drugs, sex and rock ‘n roll.’  It’s about Duke Kahanamoku.  It’s about the infancy of professional surfing.  It’s about the creation of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Hokule‘a.  It’s about time…My apologies to Coleman and the Aikau’s for not adequately describing how good this book is or the scope of the material it covers.”

Mark Cunningham, Honolulu Weekly


“This book is essential reading for any surfer interested in our modern history.  It’s magic is in the way it joins up our culture’s recent past–eg. the birth of porfessional surfing and the crucial ’70s period when the North Shore dominated–with Hawaii’s own cultural history.  By focusing on the life of Eddie, a hero not just for surfers but also for the Hawaiian people, Stuart H. Coleman smoothly places surfing into its true Hawaiian context and thus gives us a much broader view of the place we see as our ‘Mecca” than any other surf book ever has.  Help from most of the main players in Eddie’s life, particularly the Aikau family, means that the book is detailed, thorough and above powerful in a heartbreaking yet uplifting way.  Every surfer should read it.”

The Surfer’s Path



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