Pauoa is not only the home to Queen Lili’uokulani’s garden “Uluhaimalama” and to former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, it’s where well-known family the Aikaus grew up.
Through surf posters and memorabilia, Eddie Aikau's legend is well alive in Pauoa. He spent his formative years on a three-acre Chinese cemetery.
The Aikaus moved to Pauoa from Maui in 1958. The family became the caretakers of the graveyard where the Aikau children learned at the young age the meaning of chores.
“Eddie would put on all the lights and he lawn mowing at 3 a.m. in the morning, so he could go surfing at Waimea Bay when he wakes up because my dad said, ‘If you don’t do the yard, you don’t go to the beach,’” said Myra Aikau, Eddie’s sister.
Myra now lives on the property.
While many may think growing up on a graveyard complete with a bone house may be creepy, for the Aikau children it was fun and full of places to hide.
“Growing up here was great,” said Myra. “We used to climb this mango tree all the way to the top and Eddie used to climb it and we try to catch him.”
“Night time was even better because we’re all dark skinned. Yeah, nighttime was dark,” said Myra.
She says she loves the sense of community in Pauoa and wouldn't trade it anywhere else.
“I like it just the way it is. It is very nice the way it is. I just love being here,” said Myra.