KLA 2nd Wave 2013 Calendar

A Kauai Style KLA ocean safety calendar has been completed. It features Kauai photos submitted by readers of The Garden Island and listeners to Kong Radio. “The turn out of pictures was quite amazing” remarked Ron Kosen of Photo Spectrum, who designed and pieced the calendar together with KLA 2nd Wave event coordinator Andy Melamed.

The 32-page creation features amazing water shots of waves breaking by Scuba Tom Green, James Alexander, Ben Nyberg, Kathleen Ho, Captain Andy’s, and Allen Mozo. Mozo who provided a spectacular ten-foot wave at Makaha with Kauai’s own Kalani Vierra and three other paddlers in a canoe, just before wiping out.

The calendar features Kauai’s tides, moon cyle and more thru 2013, along with ocean safety tips on rescue tubes, ocean currents around our island and a ocean action page featuring Kauai at play, competing or at work along our shoreline and in the water. The calendars are for sale at all Times/Big Save Markets on Kauai for $10.

The calendar was underwritten with generous support from King Auto Center, Hawaii Care and Cleaning, go! Airlines.

A Party with a Purpose

A party with a purpose was the secret to the Kauai Lifeguard Association’s First Wave Celebration in 2011. In 2012, the same purpose carries on as the KLA’s efforts continue to Help Save Lives. .

The KLA Second Wave Celebration is on Discover’s Day weekend October 7th at Kilohana. This  Hawaii Super Star Sunday lineup features the most popular musicians from around the state. Dr. Monty Downs, President of KLA remarked, “Based on last year’s standing room only attendance, as well as the festive atmosphere, we had to set the bar higher than last year’s program and we feel that event organizer Andy Melamed did just that”.
Doors open at 3:00pm with all in attendance given a chance to mix and mingle while checking out the silent auction items, the prize donor displays, live art with Steve Valiere, as well as surf movies shown on the walls.

John Cruz and special friends perform from 3:45pm. After his music, a live on-stage auction and random prize drawing takes place. Then, at 4:45pm. Kalapana’s entire band will rock the house with their great melodies and superb riffs until 5:45pm.

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Hawaii Superstar Sunday Schedule Finalized

The Kauai Lifeguard Association just released the final schedule for their Hawaii Superstar Sunday that caps the summer-long KLA Second Wave Celebration to Help Save Lives!

The doors open on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at 3:00 pm (will-call at 2:45pm) and the music, comedy, auctions and celebration continues until 9:30 pm.

The music of John Cruz, Kalapana, Henry Kapono, Willi K. will resonate through the celebration with comedy by Andy Bumatai.

KLA 2nd Wave Helps Save Lives

“We have already realized a significant reduction in drownings and the number of necessary rescues compared to just a few years ago,” beamed Chief Bob Westerman who oversees both the Fire and Ocean Safety Bureau for Kauai.

With 15 drownings annually just a few short years ago, the challenge was there. So the Kauai Lifeguard Association (KLA) and Ocean Safety Bureau outlined a campaign that would address the problem. “We knew we had one of the finest training program and qualified life savers on duty at ten key locations around the island,” added Kalani Vierra, Kauai’s Ocean Safety Bureau director. “The next step was to increase the number of power equipped vehicles followed by a strong media and communications program that brought ocean safety and awareness to the forefront.”

The KLA First Wave — thanks to community support — did just that. The monies raised equipped every lifeguard tower with either a jetski or ATV. KLA president, Monty Downs added, “Reacting to the continued needs of rescue was not enough. If we educate the public and prepare them for their next trip to the beach, the program become a pro active preventative campaign that actually educates the visitor and resident to precautions. Hence the beginning of a KLA Second Wave campaign. The multi-tiered effort is paying off big time.”

Andy Melamed, along with input from the County and KLA devised a Second Wave campaign geared towards prevention. Working in conjunction with KONG Radio, Wala’au TV, and The Garden Island, interviews articles and commercials focused on ocean safety measures in a variety of ways were developed. However that was just the first step that Melamed instituted. He outlined a thorough program geared towards prevention.

He remarked “Funding from the 2nd wave will create beach and ocean safety signs for specific beaches. This year the focus will be at various locales where we know hazards need to be illustrated. And, Winston Welborn has done an exemplary job in creating such initially for Waiohai Beach. The signs will be weather proofed, easy to read and understand — and placed in kiosks for longevity. Community minded sponsors have made donations for up to six signs thus far as part of the 2nd Wave.” The campaign however went even deeper into the community.

KLA Hawaii Superstar Sunday Tickets Now on Sale

Mark your calendars for the KLA Second Wave’s Hawaii Superstar Sunday concert and events on October 7, 2012 at Kilohana. All general admission tickets are $60.

There will be unreserved seating at tables for ten at the Luau Pavilion on the Kilohana Plantation. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and seating for general admission is on a first-come, first seated basis.

Plus, because the KLA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization,  forty dollars ($40) of each ticket cost is tax deductible.

While supplies last, purchase your general admission tickets at all Times Supermarkets and Big Save Markets on Kauai to ensure entry to the celebration, get a tax break, and, of course, help save lives!

If you or your organization would like to sponsor a table of ten at the KLA Second Wave Celebration.