UPDATE: The contest has been called off :( http://www.staradvertiser.com/sports/sports-breaking/eddie-is-a-no-go/
The Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau is a big wave surf tournament named after one of Hawaii's most legendary figures. The contest is only held when the conditions are absolutely perfect - consistent waves topping 40ft in Waimea Bay - which means that it hasn't been called in six years.
Organizers have decided today's the day!
Check out the Waterfront Alliance's lovely write up on the Hokule'a and its visit to NYC.