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Makena State Park - Little Beach Near Drowning

June 26, 2009


Just before 11 a.m. on June 26, 2009 a middle aged male was pulled from the surf off Little Beach. Unconscious and not breathing he was pulled ashore by regular beach users that happened to see him take a hit from a wave in the last set.

On shore efforts were begun to drain water and begin CPR.

Lifeguards alerted by the 911 call arrived and assisted in the CPR efforts. Pulse and breathing was restored.

Firemen prepared to airlift the man off the beach.

Firemen decided to carry instead because it was becoming apparent that such action would be quicker than waiting for the chopper.

As of this posting on the morning of June 27, 2009 I have no information on the name and condition of the individual.
 
 
 
 
 

Funding for life guards at Makena State Park has been approved by the legislature to take effect July 1, 2007. The legislation reads as follows: SECTION 98. Provided that of the general fund appropriation for parks administration and operations (LNR 806), the sum of $606,534 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2007-2008 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2008-2009 shall be expended by the department of land and natural resources for the purpose of salary, fringe benefits, overtime compensation, and training for county lifeguard services for the islands of Maui and Kauai; provided further that of the above sums, the sum of $406,469 shall be recurring, set aside for the sole purpose of lifeguard compensation, fringe benefits, and training for the county of Maui, provided further that of the above sums, the sum of $200,065 shall be recurring, set aside for the sole purpose of lifeguard compensation, fringe benefits, and training for the county of Kauai; and provided further that any unexpended funds shall lapse to the general fund.

Message Board The place to post your views on the lifeguard issue.
 

The 2004 drowning of Richard Young was in the same area as the one reported here.

Richard's death prompted Dr. Leisure and others to make a concerted effort to bring lifeguards to Makena State Park. Funding for that purpose was approved and has been available since July 1, 2007.

Lifeguards were stationed on Big Beach on May 1, 2009. Coverage of Little Beach was intentionally excluded from coverage.

There have been other deaths and numerous injuries many of which could have been prevented by the presence of lifeguards. See this link for the names of state officials if you wish to write a letter in support of lifeguards at Little Beach at Makena State Park.
 
 


Contacts: Stewards of Makena


Friends of Makena State Park

 Friends of Makena State Park was formally formed in 2003 to assist the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources in the stewardship of  Makena State Park.

Membership is open to anyone interested in the stewardship of  the unique natural resource that constitutes Makena State Park situated on the island of Maui in the Hawai 'i Islands. The world famous nude beach known as Little Beach is contiguous to Makena State Park.

To declare your membership and to receive the electronic newsletter of Dr. Leisure's Friends of Makena State Park click this link: LittleBeachMaui-subscribe@topica.com  and send a blank email.
 
 

Consider a contribution to Doctor Leisure if you want to help defray the cost of this site and the efforts to obtain lifeguards. Enter the amount you wish to contribute. I would rather see a lot of small donation $25 or less. If you want to send more sizable please make check payable to Church and School of International Detente and submit to PO Box 1137, Kihei, HI 96753-1137 The Church is tax exempt under State and Federal law. Aloha for your support.


 
 
 
 

Dr. Leisure's Friends of Makena State Park
PO Box 1137
Kihei, HI 96753
808-250-4160
 
 
 

--Dr. George R. Harker can be reached by email at drleisure1@aol.com.

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