In recognition of drowning and water-related injury prevention efforts across our island state, Governor David Ige proclaims the week of August 21-27 as Hawaii Lifeguard Appreciation Week. In this inaugural celebration, lifeguards from across the state will be recognized for their outstanding efforts at a lunchtime ceremony held at Dukes Waikiki on Monday, August 22, 2022, and will have participated in the opening ceremonies of Dukes OceanFest that evening at Queen’s Beach. The Hawaii Department of Health’s Drowning and Aquatic Injury Prevention Advisory committee is collaborating with the annual Dukes OceanFest, which celebrates Olympian Duke Kahanamoku, an early innovator of lifeguard technique and water safety.

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Kauai County Mayor Derek Kawakami provides a proclamation for Lifeguard Appreciation Week at the Kauai CountyBuilding on Wednesday August 17, 2022. The week kicks off on August 21.