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The Kauai Keiki and Junior Lifeguard Program has grown to the point of now has 5 junior sessions for those aged 12-17 and 5 keiki sessions for ages 8-11 and the program can train up to 550 registrants. The Kauai Island Championship, along with State and National competition creates teamwork, pride in Kauai and an exceptional knowledge of ocean safety.

Training sessions begin June 5 th at Salt Pond and continue thru the summer leading up to the Kauai Island Championships July 22 nd , the State finals July 29 th and national competition August 9 th in Daytona Beach Florida. Junior guard directors from around the state will select an all star team of performers who will compete at Nationals. Last year Kelta O’Rourke received the Kauai Marriott Percy Kinimaka Award of Aloha and was also invited to compete in the International championships.

Registration for this years program begins May 1 st , and entries will only be accepted online at, which will feature a special link to the program.

This year KLA received support for training sessions around the island from Déjà vu Surf Hawaii, Kalaheo Dental Group, Coldwell Bankers Makai Properties, the Parrish Collection, First Hawaiian Bank, A& B and Kukuiula Development. The Kauai Island Championship is sponsored by Hokuala, and global travel is funded in part by Coco Palms ltd, and Kauai Community Federal Credit Union with an exceptional additional donation by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg.

This program is one of the ocean-minded community campaigns presented by KLA. If you wish to support any of the ways KLA Helps Save Lives contact Andy Melamed 808 482 0218 or or go to


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