Event teaches water safety

(First photo) Pukalani resident Connor Baxter, a stand-up paddleboard champion, escorts sisters Lilliana Costa, 4, and Tia, 6, into the ocean Sunday afternoon during the second annual Water Safety Day at Hanakao’o (Canoe) Beach Park.

(Second photo) Bode Goldberg, 7, of Haiku is helped out of a firetruck by firefighter Tracy Nakagawa. About 125 children participated in the free event sponsored by the Will Smith Foundation, Maui County Ocean Safety Division and the Maui Fire Department. Archie Kalepa, former supervisor for the Ocean Safety Division, provided safety tips to children, while stand-up paddleboarder Baxter and Kai Lenny helped keiki learn to swim. “It’s great to see this event grow in the community, and it’s great to see families come together to spend a day at the beach,” said Susan Moulton, founder of the foundation.