Will Smith Foundation Hosts Water Safety Day, June 1

May 23, 2014, 2:15 PM HST · Updated May 23, 2:16 PM
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Will Smith event photo.

Will Smith event photo.

By Maui Now Staff

The Will Smith Foundation in partnership with the County of Maui Ocean Safety and Fire Departments, hosts a Water Safety Day on Sunday, June 1, 2014, in West Maui.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hanakaʻōʻō Beach Park in Lahaina, and features a shoreline ʻOhana Fun Paddle with Maui’s own Archie Kalepa, Buzzy Kerbox, Kody Kerbox, Dave Kalama, Dane Kealoha, Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny, according to event organizers.

The days events also include simulated rescue techniques presented by the Ocean Safety officers, canoe rides with the Nāpili Canoe Club, and live music.

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The public is encouraged to come out to meet some of the islands most respected water enthusiasts, and learn about the importance of staying safe while at the beach.

Event organizers say the first 150 kids to arrive will receive event t-shirts provided by Naish Hawaiʻi.

The event is open to the public and no registration is required.

The Will Smith Foundation was established in memory of eight-year-old William Naylor Smith who suffered fatal injuries in a tragic car accident on Maui in June, 2007.  “Will’s generosity and love of life has inspired the creation of The Will Smith Foundation to continue his benevolence,” said Will’s mom, Susan Moulton on the Foundation’s website.

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