Kauai Keiki and Junior Lifeguard Program

Kauai humbly boasts eight consecutive years of Junior Lifeguard championship participation for the State of Hawaii in this program. On Kauai we will be expanding to include a keiki 8-12 year-old training division as well as the 13-17 year-old age group.

Getting Kauai’s keiki into training and competing at an early age helps further instill continued growth and insures its success from a grass roots level.

Providing airfare for national travel for the U.S. Championships is a new feature added to our most successful campaign .

Supporting this event and its safety measures will again provide a venue that benefits and reinforces the measures to take when mishaps occur.

You can learn more about Kauai’s Kauai Keiki and Junior Lifesaving Program by searching Kauai.gov.

Kauai Explorer Kiosk Displays



These large, weatherproof displays, measuring 3×4 feet, serve as written directives about where the riptides occur, and when it’s safe to swim or surf at that particular beach.

This vital information is meant to avoid a possible drowning or rescue. With up to ten more kiosks built and displayed at specific beaches that receive much resident and visitor traffic, the contributions from the KLA 2nd Wave will insure that the kiosks are properly maintained and kept up-to-date for residents and visitors alike.

Above is a sample of a kiosk at Waiohai. The Kauai Exlorer has an easy to navigate, informative web site and gives handy online information about Kauai’s beaches, surf conditions, and weather.

Hawaiian Surfing Federation (HSF)

The HSF has been in existence for over 35 years on Kauai. It produces body board, long and shortboard surfing competitions as well as stand up paddle board wave riding competitions.

Keiki from as young as seven years of age, up to master and Kahuna divisions get to compete and take their talents to the State Championships as well as Surfing America’s National Champiionships in San Clemente.

Safety awareness before every event is reinforced by our lifeguards, getting all generations to respect our ocean on many fronts.

Garden Island Canoe Racing Association (GICRA)



With over 12 clubs on Kauai, and an average of 1,000 canoe paddlers competing in countless events from Spring thru Summer, a donation to the GICRA will help underwrite and support this vaulted sport and the heritage that is inherent to our ocean’s culture. The marriage of KLA’s Ocean Safety Mission with our island’s canoe paddlers will enhance both, while reinforcing key features of safety at sea.

Wave Project (Water Awareness Visitor Education)

The Wave Project, instituted by ocean safety expert Pat Durkin, provides endless streams of useful information about ocean safety to the ever-changing stream of close to 20,000 visitors to Kauai on any given day.

His hands-on personal approach communicates face-to-face with visitors that are not familiar with Kauai’s surrounding ocean and its many changing features.