The book is written at the 3rd grade reading level and the story revolves around the legendary lifeguard, surfer, musician and Polynesian voyager Edward Ryon Makuahanai “Eddie” Aikau.
The author, Jonathan A. Ibanez, a student at St. Anthony’s Junior-Senior High School in Wailuku, Mau'i was the winner of the 2010 annual Eddie Aikau Essay Contest. Partnering with Jonathan to illustrate the book is Big Island artist Henani Enos. Mr. Enos is a Hawaiian language immersion kumu in Kea'au and voyager with the Hokualaka'i docked at Hilo harbor.
This locally produced book about Eddie Aikau will be a beautifully illustrated, bilingual, 96-page, paperback, chapter-book created with the elementary school student and struggling reader in mind, many who are learning English as a second language.