Stories and photos by Caroline Farley
Morgan Iglay and Ava Lagundino, both 13, left to right, pose for a picture after finishing their first heat in the 5th Annual Keiki Surf Contest hosted by Déjà Vu Surf Hawai‘i at Kalapaki Bay June 13. They finished first and third overall in their age group, and had a great time enjoying the contest with friends and family. More than 80 keiki competed in various age divisions ranging from Menehune (11 and under) through girls and boys (13-15). All competitors received free lunch catered by Dukes Canoe Club. DJs performed on the beach, giving out prizes. The event was an opportunity for young surfers to experience the competitive side of the sport.
Mike Patch and Mary Wind from Davis, Calif., and Josef and Rosemarie from Berlin, Germany, enjoy a hike up the Okolehao Trail in Hanalei. The trail is 2.5 miles up with views from the top at 1,250 feet above sea level. With rewarding views of Hanalei Bay from the one-mile marker lookout as well as from the top, the steep uphill trek is worth it. To reach the trailhead, take an immediate left onto Okihi Road right after one-lane bridge over Hanalei River. Drive until reaching a parking lot and sign in clear view for the hike.
Laura Evers and daughter Alana, both of Kilauea, enjoy shave ice after a beautiful beach day on the North Shore. At Kaua‘i’s Best Shave Ice in the Princeville Center, customers can walk up to the outdoor shave ice and smoothie bar to order refreshing treats. With a wide variety of shave ice flavors and a selection of smoothies and other frozen treats, Kauai’s Best Shave Ice is the perfect destination to end a long day in the Hawaiian sun.
This golden retriever is one of the many dogs to enjoy a beach day at Hanalei Bay. The calm summer waters are the perfect scenario for a family-friendly beach where children of all ages can play in the nearby pier, in the ocean or on the sand.
The Kaua‘i Junior Lifeguard program has trained hundreds of young people on the importance of ocean safety and skills needed to become a lifeguard in the last decade. Training and prevention captain Randy Ortiz, right, and physical agility coach Eugene Ancheta pose for a picture while working the program at Kalapaki Bay in Nawiliwili. The young children will train for the lifeguard championship tournament in August through a series of qualifying tournaments. The program is fun for kids and encourages a healthy and active lifestyle.