Members of Rotary Clubs of Lahaina Sunrise, Lahaina and Lahaina Sunset installed the first of several rescue tube stations at Launiupoko Beach Park. Tori Taylor (left) and David Ristau (in foreground), demonstrated how to install the poles. Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset past president Mariko Higashi said the clubs planned to install 22 rescue tubes at Maui County beach parks from Papalaua to Kamehameha Iki.
She said the tubes cost $175 apiece, and the clubs still are raising funds to purchase tubes for the rest of West Maui’s beach parks. “Our plan is to go all the way to D.T. Fleming,” Higashi said. “We welcome donors and volunteers to monitor and maintain the tubes.” Those interested may call her at (808) 866-8116.
The first rescue tube stations were installed on Kauai 10 years ago. Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea brought the concept to Maui in 2017, installing tubes along South Maui beaches.