Crowds inundate Eddie surf contest
Dave Reardon mentioned “a few folks annoyed about the traffic jams” at the Eddie Aikau surf contest (“Will the Eddie still go?” Star-Advertiser, Jan. 7).
As a surfer who attended Eddie Aikau’s first memorial that spring day in 1978, I mean no disrespect to Eddie’s memory, nor the Aikaus.
At the last Eddie, people began arriving to stake their claims at about 3 a.m. Many planned to make it a real party, bringing lots of food and liquor. They essentially tailgated in residential neighborhoods and along Kamehameha Highway at turnouts and wherever they could find.
Later, an estimated 20,000 more people descended on the bay.
Where will everybody go to the bathroom? Where will they put their garbage, broken chairs and tents? You got it: There were piles of waste and garbage along our beaches and in the bushes near the highway.
Yes, many of us found this “annoying.” It boils down to a lack of infrastructure for dealing with a very large event.
Debbie Aldrich Haleiwa