(Media release) â€” The Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum will hold a Hiring Day on Monday, June 6 at the Kingsâ€™ Shops, Waikoloa Beach Resort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Â Now undergoing an extensive renovation, the restaurantâ€™s grand opening is scheduled for July 3.Â Applications will be accepted for all positions: servers, cooks, bartenders, dishwashers, bus help, host/hostesses.
The Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum will be open daily for lunch and dinner, with live music Thursday through Saturday nights.Â The two-story restaurant with indoor-outdoor lakeside seating, is being transformed into a hip yet classic 1960â€™s-style surf retreat/plantation house, filled with surf memorabilia and mementos of Eddieâ€™s life and surf career.
Winner of multiple Hale â€˜Aina Awards, Chef Scott Lutey is creating a new â€œContemporary Hawaiian Cuisineâ€ for â€œEddieâ€™sâ€ restaurant, based on fresh, sustainable foods from the Big Island.Â A waterman himself, Lutey is originally from Maui, and has made a name for himself on four islands.
Hawaiian Cahuilla, Inc., comprised of Linda Gillette and husband Solomon Aikau, Eddieâ€™s brother, partnered with Honokaâ€˜a Brothers, LLC to create “The E. A. Restaurants,” a collaboration of restaurant expertise and a personal relationship with Eddie.Â Honokaâ€˜a Brothers LLC is comprised of Brandon Lee, Ryan Lee and Keoni Regidor, who already operate two of the Big Islandâ€™s favorite recent restaurants:Â Pakini Grill in Waimea and Napua on the ocean at Kalahuipuaâ€˜a within Mauna Lani Resort.
Edward Ryon MakuahÄnai Aikau was born on Maui in 1946 and grew up on Oahu with his extended family, who tended an old Chinese graveyard in exchange for rent.Â He and his brothers dreamed of the day they could catch the monster waves of the North Shore, where few 1960â€™s surfers dared to go.Â Eddie Aikau not only mastered the challenge of Waimea Bay, he captured the attention and respect of the sport and helped spark a worldwide love affair with big wave surfing.
In the years to come, he would be hired as the North Shoreâ€™s first official life guard, and not a soul was lost to the sea during his seven years of service.Â No matter how dangerous the conditions, it became known that â€œEddie would go.â€Â By 1977, he had won the Duke Kahanamoku Classic, named for his personal hero, had his photo in Life magazine, and was ranked 12th in the surfing world.
Having satisfied his big wave goals, Eddie answered a personal calling to connect more deeply with his Hawaiian culture joining the Hawaiian voyaging canoe HÅkÅ«leâ€˜a.Â HÅkÅ«leâ€˜a set sail March 16, 1978, on what would be an ill-fated voyage from Hawaiâ€˜i to Tahiti. Capsized in rough seas, Eddie insisted upon paddling to LÄnaâ€˜i for help, some 19 miles away. Although the crew was later rescued, Eddie was never seen again.
His legacy is honored today through the worldâ€™s most famous big wave surf meet, The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, and The Eddie Aikau Foundation, established by the Aikau family in 2000, to support promising opportunities that reflect Eddieâ€™s dreams through education, advocacy and philanthropy. Â Visit www.EddieAikauFoundation.org.
(Submitted by Catherine Tarleton.)