Eddie Aikau is a famous Hawaiian public figure. He was the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay, an award-winning surfer, and a crew member of the Hokulea canoe. Eddie Aikau lost his life paddling from the capsized Hokulea towards the Hawaiian island of Lanai, looking for help. In remembrance of Eddie Aikau, a memorial, invitational big-wave surfing competition is held when the surf conditions are just right – the swells in open waters have to be a minimum of 20 feet high, which means the wave height ends up being over 30 feet tall. The competition has only been held nine times since its creation. This weekend will mark the 10th Eddie competition held.
Being able to see the contest in-person is quite difficult; if you manage to beat the traffic up to Waimea Bay, parking may still be an issue. Luckily, the Eddie competition will be livestreamed on KHON2.com and the Surfline YouTube channel. The Eddie will also be live broadcasted on KHII (channel 5). The broadcast will begin at 8 AM and end at 4:30 PM.
Where to watch the Eddie in Honolulu
There are many bars in Honolulu that show a variety of sports events on TVs in their facilities. Here are a few bars that I could confirm with that they would show the Eddie competition.
Pitch Sports Bar (685 Auahi St Suite 216/217)
Pitch Sports Bar in Kakaako at the SALT at our Kakaako shopping mall. They open at 11 AM. Pitch Sports Bar has a menu that has standard bar fare, like onion rings, as well as unique items, like their mentaiko pasta bowl. They serve beer, cocktails, sochu, sake, wine, and many other spirits. Pitch Sports Bar will play the Eddie competition on request.
Skybox Taphouse (2330 Kalākaua Ave Suite 302)
Skybox Taphouse is located on the third floor of the International Marketplace shopping mall in Waikiki. They open at 7 AM on Sundays, so you can easily watch the entire competition from this bar. The menu at Skybox Taphouse has lots of Italian food, such as gnocchi, caprese salad, and pizza. The menu also includes standard American bar food, like sliders and fries. They have beer on tap, beer in bottles or cans, and wine available. Skybox Taphouse will be showing the Eddie competition.
Champs Sports Bar and Grill (3457 Waialae Ave)
Champs Sports Bar and Grill is located on Waialae Avenue between 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue. They open at 8 AM on Sundays. The menu has lots of options from many different cuisine styles. They have wings, loco moco, poke, and baby back ribs on the menu, which is quite the variety! There is something for everybody. On their drinks menu, they have Bloody Marys and Mimosas listed. Champs Sports Bar and Grill will play the Eddie competition on request.