Inaugural MIL surf coaches receive instruction

First photo: Former Maui County Ocean Safety Officer supervisor Archie Kalepa offers instruction Sunday at Lahaina Harbor to coaches preparing for the inaugural Maui Interscholastic League surfing season. Coaches from eight schools completed a two-day certification course that included a swim test and life saving skills at the Lahaina Aquatic Center, CPR and first-aid classes at King Kamehameha III Elementary School and ocean risk assessment and ocean rescue training at the Lahaina Harbor and Breakwall surf areas. The first official MIL competition is to take place in April – the league approved the sport in August.

Second photo: During a rescue simulation, Kalepa (right) and Cary Kayama, the acting supervisor of ocean safety, carry Rainos Hayes, coach of the Hawaii team that will compete at the International Surfing Association world junior championship in April.

Third photo: King Kekaulike athletic director P.K. Higa, the MIL surf coordinator, talks to the coaches during a classroom session.