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Honolulu Ocean Safety Rescues Nearly Two Dozens Kayakers Off Of Makapu'u

January 6, 2024

Honolulu Ocean Safety rescued nearly two dozen kayakers just after 10:00 a.m., on January 6h, 2024, after the large group got into trouble in the ocean near the Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse. The group was part of a guided tour which started at the Makai Research Pier in Waimānalo, with plans to make its way around the point to Hawai‘i Kai. Lifeguards at Makapu'u Beach recognized many of the paddlers in distress with some flipping and unable to get the vessels back upright. Members of the group were described to be all adults. Multiple Ocean Safety jet skis and units responded and rescued all 21 paddlers, bringing them all to shore safely. The surf was said to be 5-6 feet or up to 12-foot faces. Ocean Safety strongly advises beach goers to know your limits and understand the ocean conditions before heading out into the water. The Department of Land and Natural Resources also responded to the scene.