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As you know, I’ve termed this month April Awareness month in honor of water safety. I want all visitors to our island to stay safe, avoid dangers, and have a wonderful time. And since so many people acquaint Hawaii with surfing, I think the first water safety blog I write should be about surfing safety.
On the news in February, you probably heard about the surfer who died while surfing a large wave in Hanalei Bay. That’s right in my backyard, so it was especially shocking for me. And while I don’t normally write about death on this blog, I feel this man’s accident is an especially good example of why we should always be cautious in the water.
The man who died was Richard Proczka, a resident of Kilauea! In other words, he was from here, had been in the ocean a million times before, and was a good surfer. But when a high surf warning was announced on the North Shore, he ran toward the water instead of away from it. Now, many great surfers tend to do this, as bigger waves mean bigger surfing awesomeness. But bigger waves also mean danger, especially for those who are newer to surfing.
Large breaking surf is hazardous because it can create dangerous rip currents and undertow. You know that feeling that you get under your feet when a small wave crashes on shore and the water is sucked back out to sea? Well, that’s undertow. Now times that by a million and you have the affect that is caused after a large wave hits the shore. And rip currents are strong currents that not even the best swimmer in the world can fight. They will drag you out into deep water, and there is nothing you can do except stay calm, go with the flow, and wait for help. Even expert surfers are at the mercy of such a great force of nature, as was proven by Mr. Proczka.
So how can you surf and stay safe at the same time. Well, first of all, DO NOT go surfing while a high surf warning is in affect. How will you know when a warning is in affect? Well, there is a website (found here) called Kauai Explorer. You can check there for up-to-date info about the water conditions on the island. This site is up-kept by lifeguards, so the information is good and should be followed.
And speaking of lifeguards, if you want to go surfing, make sure you do so on a beach with a guard tower. Surfing in secluded areas and exclusive beaches might sound fun and romantic, but it’s just plain dangerous. You need the protection of someone who is trained in water rescue, even if you never have to use his or her expertise.
Another good idea is to NEVER surf alone. Find some friends who want to go with you or join a class or surfing club. This is Kauai, after all, and we have quite a few surfers around. I’m sure you’ll never hurt for lack of company.
So Much More
Okay, there is so much more to do before the Prince Kuhio Day celebration ends. But I don’t have enough time to blog about all of it. ☹ (Sometimes it’s hard when the rest of my life interferes with my blogging.)
SO… I’ve decided to give you a brief overview of everything else you can do during this month. Hopefully, you will see something you’re interested in and you can contact the venue for more information. Okay, are you ready to quickly learn about your options? Good!
Cultural Demonstrations (FREE) – Did you miss the crafting sessions and cultural lessons last Friday? Well, good news! There will be more sessions today (March 24) from 9:30am to 3pm. Plus, in addition to the previous lesson choices, you can take ancient hula lessons at 10am! Awesome, right? For more information, contact Stella Burgess at 808-240-6369.
Talk Story (FREE) – A talk story (if you haven’t read this blog before) is an oral account of Hawaiian history. And at this Talk Story, you will have the opportunity to listen to our eastside kupuna tell the histories of Kauai. This is also a great chance to ask questions about Kauai and a good chance to get your children some extra credit in their history classes. The talk story is Thursday (March 28th) at 10am. For more information, call 808-632-8202 and talk to the front desk. (This Talk Story will take place at Kauai Lagoons in Lihue.)
Birthday Party – You knew that was coming, right? Okay, so this party will take place at Smith’s Tropical Paradise in Wailua on Friday (March 29). From 5-6pm, the life of Prince Kuhio will be showcased, pictures will be shown, and history will be given. Then at 6pm, there will be an abundance of food! So come hungry and bring your wallets, because this will cost money. You can call Smith’s or check their website for more information.
Another Birthday Party (FREE) – This will be a town-wide celebration in Anahola on Saturday (March 30) and will take place mostly at Anahola Beach Park from 11am to 5pm. There will be stories, dancing, art, games, crafts, food, and more. For more information, call 808-639-1754.
Easter Egg Hunts – In all of this celebrating, we can’t forget Easter, right? So, you have options! I have heard about two egg hunts so far: one in Anahola and one at the Prince Clubhouse. The Prince (golf course in Princeville) will be hosting an egg hunt, meet the bunny, and refreshments event from 9-11am. This event is FREE but food will cost money. Anahola’s Easter event will take place at Anahola Baptist Church from 1pm-1am and will include a live bunny petting zoo, games, songs, stories, snacks, an egg hunt, prizes, and more. Free for all ages. You can call 639-9675 for more information.
Okay, that is just a few of the things happening this week. Crazy, right?! And the funny thing is… there is so much more I could have told you about! So if you don’t see something here that sounds like fun, just look around you and ask a resident. We’ll be happy to help you find a concert, craft fair, water sport, rental company, or luau that interests you. ☺