Activities planned for Hawai’i Beach Safety Week August 22-28

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HONOLULU (KHON2) – Governor David Ige has proclaimed that this year’s Hawai’i Beach Safety Week will be celebrated from Sunday August 22 through Saturday August 28.

Ocean-related activities, demonstrations and presentations are planned throughout the week, officials reported.

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“With returning visitors and more residents heading to the beach, lifeguards and ocean safety professionals have never been more relevant,” said John Titchen, head of Honolulu Ocean Safety and member of the Drowning Advisory Committee. “On all the islands, lifeguards are needed more than ever. From swimmers and surfers to stand up paddlers, kayakers, foilers, fishermen and bodysurfers, and everything in between, it gets very crowded there.

Hawai’i Beach Safety Week 2021 activities:

  • Monday 23 August – Waikiki: near shore rescue demonstrations by Honolulu City and County rescuers; contact Chef John Titchen at (808) 273-7862.
  • Tuesday August 24 – Kahului Airport: Advice on the use of public rescue tubes by Maui Ocean Safety; contact Chef Jeff Giesea at (808) 463-3850.
  • Wednesday 25 August – Update and testimonials from a firefighter who suffered a spinal cord injury while bodysurfing at Sandy Beach in O’ahu; contact Chelsea Ko at (808) 733-2148.
  • Thursday August 26 – Awareness of the Hawai’i island keiki on the basics of ocean safety: Hawai’i Ocean Safety; contact Chef Darwin Okinaka at (808) 557-4209.
  • Friday August 27 – Training in lifeboats and response operations with the Kaua’i Ocean Safety Bureau and the Kaua’i Fire Department; contact Kalani Vierra at (808) 241-4964.

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The Hawaii Department of Health said drowning in the ocean is the leading cause of fatal injuries for visitors and the sixth for residents. Authorities said there were 27 fatal drownings in June 2021.

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