The state has launched a campaign to inform travelers about a website that provides almost real time updates on surf, weather and safety conditions at beaches across Hawaii.
The website, www.hawaiibeachsafety.com, is a partnership between the state, the counties, the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Posters offering more information about the website have been placed at baggage claims at most airports in Hawaii.
The site provides updates on wind, wave and other data and posts a hazard rating for lifeguarded beaches. It also offers information about beach closures and active alerts.
Officials hope the site will prevent drowning deaths and minimize injuries.
State statistics show that visitors are eight times more likely to drown than residents and are at greater risk of suffering injuries from ocean activities.