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City lifeguard services would be available sunrise to sunset by July 2021 under a measure headed to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's desk.

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Summer months are the busiest time of the year for lifeguards—in Hawai‘i and across the country. Summer vacation and hot weather pack beaches and pools in many locations. But in one Asian city, the crowds of summer are bringing trouble when it comes to lifeguards. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawaii Lifeguards: Longer Hours Could Save Lives

Feb 9, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i’s north shore is expecting a huge swell today, bringing waves big enough to hold The Eddie for the first time in six years. The contest is named after the legendary Hawaiian surfer Eddie Aikau, who was also the first lifeguard stationed at Waimea Bay. Today there are three, with more than 25 along the North Shore. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, there’s a renewed focus on their working hours.

Jason Bitzer rushes into the water about once a day. "Today we had one rescue for two people," he said. "So it was an average day."

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  Mark Cunningham is a waterman; he was the expert in the lifeguard tower at ‘‘Ehukai, Pipeline, for twenty years, earning the friendship and respect of the world’s top surfers.  Cunningham won his first North Shore Bodysurfing Championship in high school, then won over a dozen more titles in a thirty year ocean safety career that spanned countless rescues.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports he’s spent the last decade in the ocean, along the shore, and in his workroom.