Eddie Would... Hang/Eat Here

New Big Isle Surf Museum and Eatery Spotlights Legendary Waterman, Eddie Aikau

Eddie Would... Hang/Eat Here

There’s a new locale at the Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, that pays tribute to one of the most storied, modern day watermen. The Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum opened for business this month, and if the celebrity turn-out was any gauge for its future success, well, things are looking bright.

Pro surfers who arrived to pay tribute to their legendary comrade and fellow big wave shredder included Shane Dorian, Dave Wassel and Glen Moncata; NBA baller David Robinson popped in for a toast; Aikau family members Clyde, Solomon and Myra—as well as Eddie’s wife, Linda Ipsen—were all in attendance for the touching tribute. Kahu Billy Mitchell—who presides over the Quicksilver big wave “Eddie” surf contest held on O‘ahu—performed the opening blessing, saluting Eddie, as well as the restaurant for providing a work opportunity for young people on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

The lakeside restaurant houses a collection of Aikau memorabilia, including the surfer’s own boards, posters and other effects, not to mention a large mural of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe, Hōkūle‘a, from which Eddie perished while trying to save during a 1978 mission.  

The restaurant is locally owned and operated, a collaboration between Brandon Lee, Ryan Lee, Alexander Ferguson and Keoni Regidor, the Honoka‘a Brothers LLC, and Hawaiian Cahuilla Inc., which is owned by Waimea residents Linda Gillette and Solomon Aikau.  

Executive Chef Scott Lutey spotlights fresh, sustainable Hawai‘i food products. “Eddie’s” is open for lunch and dinner daily.  For more information, about the Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum, call (808) 886-8433 visit EddieAikauRestaurants.com.

The lakeside restaurant houses a collection of Aikau memorabilia, including the surfer’s own boards, posters and other effects, not to mention a large mural of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe, Hōkūle‘a, from which Eddie perished while trying to save during a 1978 mission.