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When you're new to riding the wild waves of Hawaii, it's smart to at least consider your safety. (Nothing ruins a trip faster than a hospital stay!) And we can't think of a much safer way to start surfing than with a crew of trained and certified Hawaiian lifeguards.
Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors specialize in two-hour beginner lessons that run three times a day. The school provides everything riders need to take on the waves, from board to rash guard. It's the safest way to test the waves and waters. And once you've learned the fundamentals safely, you'll be riding the Pipe in no time.
As Category 3 Hurricane Flossie closes in on the Big Island of Hawaii a 5.3 earthquake struck 25 miles south of Hilo. Thankfully, only minor damage has been reported thus far and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports that no tsunami warning has been generated.
And add Puu Oo, a volcano on the Big Island, to the Hawaii watch list. The volcano has recently re-filled with red hot lava, but no change in eruption activity has been reported, though at the moment, Puu Oo is obscured by rain clouds.
No word on any damage to Big Island hotels, nor any reported travel delays, but expect major delays and cancellations as Flossie bears down -- Hawaii has already declared a state of emergency. Furthermore, many skittish tourists have recently scrapped their Hawaii trips completely as Flossie closes in on the islands.