Blue FishThere are many miles of beautiful, sandy beaches on the island of Maui, with 3 lovely beaches within walking distance of KBC. Kamaole Beaches 1-3 offer excellent diving and snorkeling as well as playing in the surf and just getting a little sun. All beaches in Hawaii are public property and public access entrances will be found at regular intervals. But please be advised that a warning for potential hazards may not be posted at all County Beach Parks. Therefore you should exercise caution and common sense at all times.

It is important that you take beach and safety tips seriously as Hawaii beaches may have dangerous waves called shore breaks and currents. Conditions change frequently and without notice. Never turn your back on the ocean or become complacent as a large set of waves can catch you off guard.

The ocean is your playground...but please play safely. Be aware of hidden dangers such as waves, large and small, submerged rocks and coral, currents and other conditions of the ocean. Remain with small children at all times while you are in or near the water.

Discus FishAs waves come in sets, enter and exit the water during the lull between sets, or when the wave action is at its lowest.

Hawaii's waves are stronger in velocity than waves similar in size that you may have encountered in other locations.

Do not body surf breaking waves on the edge of the shoreline. The wave can push you head first into the sand, causing neck and back injuries. Not a fun way to end your trip!

Never dive into shallow or unknown waters.

Never swim alone. If snorkeling, make sure your equipment is in good condition. Keep track of landmarks on the beach and use common sense.

Rip currents usually produce a flattening effect as the water rushes in a current that can make the ocean look deceptively smooth. This makes them difficult to identify visually. The rip currents may also pick up debris and sand, giving the water a dark murky look. If you do get caught in a rip current, DO NOT PANIC! Just relax and drift with the current until it releases you. Then calmly swim back to shore.

Clown FishWatch for runaway boards that wash in on the waves and stay clear of surfers and waterboarders.

It is also extremely important to avoid burning so do not forget to use sunglasses, cover-ups and sun block. Hawaii's tropical sun is intense and can quickly cause severe burning if you do not take precautions, especially in the first few days of exposure.

Disaster Preparedness information may be found near the front of your phone book. In the event of a natural disaster such as a Tsunami, earthquake, flood or hurricane, Civil Defense information will be broadcast over local TV and radio stations.

Call the National Weather Services at 877-5111 for the latest local weather, marine and surf conditions.