Eddie Would Go

•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 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


Makaha literally means “fierce,” and this community represents the heart of the Hawaiian culture.  Surrounded by jagged green mountains on one side and a powerful blue sea on the other, the small town of Makaha has produced some the most talented watermen in the world and Hawaii’s biggest icons.  Fierce Heart is the biography of their community and a portrait of their people.  Starting with the rise of the Makaha International Surf Classic and Hawai’i’s statehood in 1959, the story focuses on two generations of the Keaulana clan, one of surfing’s most famous families.  After winning the Makaha International in 1960, Buffalo Keaulana sailed on the maiden voyage of the Hokule’a in 1976 and went on to become one of Hawaii’s legendary surfers, lifeguards and community leaders.  His legacy has only grown with his sons and extended family in Makaha.

Along with being an accomplished lifeguard, big-wave surfer and Hollywood stuntman, Brian Keaulana pioneered the use of jet skis to perform rescues and revolutionized ocean safety in the process.  His brother Rusty won three world longboarding championships in a row.  Rell Sunn and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole were like older siblings, and they became the stars of Makaha during their short, but brilliant lives.  Sistah Rell was Hawai’i’s first female lifeguard, a pioneer in women’s professional surfing and a community activist.  Starting out with the Makaha Sons and then going on his own, Bruddah Iz eventually became the biggest artist in Hawai’i and the voice of the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement.  Like shooting stars, Rell and Iz blazed a bright trail in the Hawaiian sky, but their lives burned out all too soon.  On the 50th anniversary of statehood (and Israel’s birth), Fierce Heart chronicles the history of Hawai’i’s wild Westside and the enduring legacy of its leaders.

​Reviews of Fierce Heart:


“The spiritual home at the traditional, ocean-based culture of Oʻahu’s West Side is at Makaha, where the bonds of community have been nurtured and tested by the surf. Stuart Coleman gracefully guides us into this world with respect and heart.”

--Drew Kampion, author of Stoked!,

The Lost Coast, and Greg Noll: The Art of the Surf Board