Crowds in­un­date Ed­die surf con­test

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

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

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