Kauai implements beach-safety bookmarks
An agreement between Kauai officials and Kauai's most popular guidebook will put beach safety bookmarks in all new copies of the "Ultimate Kauai Guide," county officials announced.
The bookmarks are part of the county's efforts to reduce drownings on the Garden Isle.
For the past few years, the county's Water Safety Task Force has been working to educate tourists about the dangers of Kauai's beaches. They created Web sites, put banners up at the airport, took out full-page ads in the "Kauai Drive Guide" and made presentations to hotels and activities desks.
Kauai Fire Department Chief Robert Westerman is credited with the idea to put the bookmarks in the guidebooks. The Kauai Water Safety Task Force will get the bookmarks in all new copies of the book, county officials said.
"It's another way to get the word out especially to visitors about the need to be careful when enjoying our beautiful beaches," Westerman said.
The county is also looking for sponsors to keep the project going.