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  • Dr. George R. Harker
    Dr. Leisure’s Friends of Makena State Park
    P.O. Box 1137
    Kihei, HI 96753
    DrLeisure1@aol.com or DrLeisure1@drleisure.com
    808-250-4160

    Honorable Governor Linda Lingle
    Executive Chambers
    State Capitol
    Honolulu, Hawai`i
    96813
    Phone: 808-586-0034
    Fax: 808-586-0006


    January 18, 2005


    Dear Governor Lingle:

        On behalf of the three thousand individuals that utilize Makena State Park  on Maui daily
    for ocean swimming and other forms of water recreation I would request that funding deleted
    from the State Parks budget for life guards be reinstated.

        In 2004 at least four individuals died in the surf of Makena State Park. The first fatality
    was Robert McKeon Young who died January 13, 2004. On January 15, 2004 a visitor from
    Colorado broke his neck in the Makena surf. I understand another individual died the next day. As
    recently as December 10, 2004 a 50 year old male from California died in the surf.

        In December 2004. I am aware of two other situations where individuals were resuscitated
    by individuals on the scene who would have otherwise drowned.

        Numerous individuals have been injured in the dangerous shore brake of Makena. I have
    observed the rescue crews out at Makena numerous times over the past year. I have requested
    more detailed information from the Fire Department but have not received the information as of
    this writing.

        What ever information they supply will not speak to the number of individuals that are
    hurt or rescued from the surf by other bathers already on the scene. I am sure that most of these
    injuries go unreported. I have learned that even the deaths that have occurred are not necessarily
    known to the various agencies responsible for this area. I know that information disseminated to
    the public regarding these drowning has been minimal or missing from the local media.

        Signs in the park clearly explain what a shore break is, but most visitors do not read or
    understand what the message is all about. A living breathing life guard working the beach and
    personally advising individuals of the level of danger that they face is the best solution that I am
    aware of for this situation.

        As the former Mayor of Maui I know that you have some familiarity with the lifeguard
    issue at Makena. Currently the visitor channel is touting Makena as the second best beach on
    Maui and not mentioning it is the most dangerous (A view held by all the professionals concerned
    with ocean safety that I have talked with).

        Marian Feestra, Chief of Aquatics requested $427,682 to implement life guard coverage at
    Makena State Park. ( $262,532 for personnel, $28,000 operations, and $137,150 for equipment.)
    That money has been taken from the State Park Budget request.

     With a copy of this letter and/or personal contact  I have approached the following legislative
    representatives and other interested individuals in an effort to develop a win-win situation for the
    citizens of Maui and our numerous guest whom we have a responsibility for their safety while
    they visit.

        Much Mahalo for considering this request. If I can supply any additional information
    please contact me. 
       

    Sincerely,
    original signed by  George R. Harker
    George R. Harker

    cc
    Mayor Alan M. Arakawa,
    Chairperson - Peter T. Young, State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources
    Dan Quinn, Director State Parks, DLNR
    Phil Ohta, Makena State Park Superintendent,
    Marian Feestra, Chief of Aquatics,
    Archie Kalepa, Supervisor of Ocean Safety Operations,
    Ralph Goto Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division,
    Chris Halford, 11th Representative District,
    Joseph "Joe" Souki , 8th Representative District,
    Rosalyn H. Baker, 5th Senatorial District,
    J. Kalani English , 6th Senatorial District,
    Assistant Fire Chief, Maui Fire Department,
    Media

    Mayor Alan M. Arakawa, COUNTY OF MAUI, 200 South High Street, Wailuku, Maui, Hawai`i 96793

    Phone: (808)270-7855, Fax: (808)270-8073
           
    Chairperson - Peter T. Young, State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources
    Kalanimoku Bldg., 1151 Punchbowl St., Honolulu, HI 96813
    Phone: (808)587-0400 Fax: (808)587-0390 Email:dlnr@exec.state.hi.us

    Dan Quinn, Director State Parks,  Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State
    Parks, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 310, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813
    Phone 808-587-0300
    FAX 808-587-0311

    Phil Ohta, Makena State Park Superintendent, DLNR, Div. Of State Parks Rm 101, 54 S. High
    St., Wailuku, HI 96793 phone 808-984-8102
    Marian Feestra, Chief of Aquatics, 275-C Uhu Street, Kahului, HI 96732 808-270-6137,
    marian.feenstra@co.maui.hi.us
    Archie Kalepa, Supervisor of Ocean Safety Operations, 275-C Uhu Street, Kahului, HI 96732
    808-270-6137, archie.kalepa@co.maui.hi.us

    Ralph Goto Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division, 3823 Leahi Avenue, Honolulu,
    Hawai`i 96815 USA
    Telephone: +1 (808) 922-3888, Facsimile: +1 (808) 922-0411, E-mail to:
    Lifeguards"<lifeguards@aloha.com>

    State Representatives
    Chris Halford, 11th Representative District, Hawaii State Capitol, Room 305, 415 South
    Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
    phone 808-586-8525; fax 808-586-8529
    From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 68525
    e-mail rephalford@Capitol.hawaii.gov

    Joseph "Joe" Souki , 8th Representative District, Hawaii State Capitol, Room 433, 415 South
    Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
    phone 808-586-9444; fax 808-586-9499
    From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 69444
    E-mail: repsouki@Capitol.hawaii.gov


    State Senators

    Rosalyn H. Baker, 5th Senatorial District, Hawaii State Capitol, Room 220, 415 South Beretania Street
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    phone 808-586-6070; fax 808-586-6071
    From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 66070
    e-mail senbaker@Capitol.hawaii.gov

    J. Kalani English , 6th Senatorial District, Hawaii State Capitol, Room 205, 415 South Beretania Street
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    phone 808-587-7225; fax 808-587-7230
    E-mail senenglish@Capitol.hawaii.gov

    Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Department, 200 Dairy Rd, Kahului, HI 96732
    270-7561


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