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Experts to offer tips at West Maui Safety Fair

By Staff | May 5, 2011

Ann Neizman (left) and Karen Kondo of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise show off two bicycles with helmets that will be given away at the West Maui Safety Fair on May 7.

LAHAINA — A free, educational and fun event, the third annual West Maui Safety Fair will be held Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lahaina Cannery Mall.

Gather your friends and family for an opportunity to learn and experience dozens of important safety tips, including tsunami and emergency preparation, ocean and visitor safety and CPR/lifesaving techniques at 11 a.m.

Get ready for a fast-paced scavenger hunt and to meet McGruff the Crime Dog live at noon.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Office will conduct free EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon) testing for boaters, and the USCG Auxiliary and Station Maui crew out of Maalaea will have a 25-foot patrol and search and rescue boat on display.

New for 2011, bring youngsters for an exciting bicycle safety challenge course with helmet fitting inspection staged by the county Department of Parks & Recreation in the parking lot.

Visiting the West Maui Safety Fair also makes you eligible for great prizes all morning.

Ann Neizman, Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise president, invites everyone to attend.

“I’m so pleased to continue our West Maui Safety Fair partnership with Maui Electric Co. and Lahaina Cannery Mall. Our community is very fortunate to have these organizations volunteer their time and resources to further educate us on how to stay safe.

“Realizing West Maui is isolated and geographically distant from Central Maui, the more safety and precautionary education we can provide our community is priceless. We are also excited to have Lahaina Cannery merchants participate with their all-day sidewalk sale and beautiful 1 p.m. hula show by Na Kamalii Nani O Lahaina. Everyone welcome! Stay safe — see you there!”

Other agencies and organizations participating in the fair include the American Heart Association, American Medical Response, Maui Electric Company, Maui County Civil Defense Agency, Maui County Office on Aging, county Department of Water Supply, Maui County Hotel & Resort Security Association, Maui District Health Office, Maui Fire Department, Maui Police Department, county Ocean Safety officers and Women Helping Women.

For more information, contact Karen Kondo at (808) 276-3661.