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PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MARTHA HERNANDEZ / MHERNANDEZ@STARADVERTISER.COM Eddie Aikau takes on a wave at Sunset Beach in 1974.
STAR-ADVERTISER / 1979 Eddie Aikau was a champion surfer and the first city lifeguard at Waimea Bay.
COURTESY SAM GEORGE Director Sam George and a cameraman filmed a re-creation of Eddie Aikau's final paddle from a helicopter over the Kaiwi Channel.
STAR-ADVERTISER Eddie Aikau was a member of the Hokule'a crew in 1978 when the voyaging canoe set sail for Tahiti. After the vessel overturned in rough seas, he set out to paddle for help and was never seen again.