United to save lives

LIHUE — The Fourth Wave Celebration on Oct. 22 will feature musicians, surfers and comedians, and some generous businesses, all coming together to save lives.

“Kauai is known for such support. When our island needs something so many people join together to get things done,” said Andy Melamed, event organizer.

The goal is to raise money for three separate roving patrol units for the Kauai Lifeguard Association to check unguarded beaches 365 days a year.

Jet Ski patrols would perform daily periodic checks on unguarded beaches with relatively high rates of incidents. Those beaches include Lumahai, Anini, Larsen’s, Wailua, Kalapaki, Shipwreck’s, Mahaulepu and Kekaha.

“Helping to Save Lives” has been KLA’s slogan, and the units will help do exactly that, Melamed said.

Already, 59 of 72 tables at the Fourth Wave have been sold. Melamed is confident the remaining 13 will go quickly, “simply because we are known for our concerts and festivities.”

“The response to initial table sales as well as donations and merchandise has been overwhelming,” Melamed said. “It all started with immediate red carpet treatment from the Kauai Marriott and their resort team by not only making the Grand Ballroom a feasible venue for fundraising but also donating as one of the main prizes a Presidential Suite weekend getaway complete with fine dining.’

Headlining performers include Kalapana, Amy Gilliom, musician and big wave world champion Makua Rothman, the John Rivera trio, the comedy of Augie T. as well as Las Vegas hypnotist Tina Marie emceeing an exciting “Dancing in the Stars” competition.

Alaska Airlines and Island Air both rose to the occasion with trips for prizes and for travel for all the performers. Koloa Rum and its partnerships with Tiki Iniki, Hukilau Lanai and the Kauai Marriott were one of the first tie-in sponsors to join the party along with Pacifico beer. Tropical Tantrum will be providing fine fashions for all attending lifeguards as well as many involved in the production of the event. Timbers Resorts was an immediate responder as well as Aspire Furniture, Brennecke’s Beach Broiler Nukumoi Surf, and Kauai Vacation Rentals, all within the first week.

“We knew the stage was set,” Melamed said.

There will be six silent auction stations with various themes and sponsors. Aaron Feinberg’s Gallery collection will be one of the stations. Tropical Tantrum is featuring an elegant variety of tropical wear and gifts, the Shops at Kukuiula will be another stop. There will be an activities area that features golf, ziplining, ocean tours and ATV adventures.

Resorts and restaurants will be featured in another area, as will arts and crafts and gifts for the upcoming holiday season. KLA is receiving donations for these attractions.

Dave Implom of Imua Surfboards will be glassing, at no charge, a shaped surfboard blank donated by world famous Kauai shaper and champion surfer Billy Hamilton. It will be auctioned off at the event after being signed by the performers on stage that evening.

Steve Valliere will create live art inside the ballroom that will be offered via a live auction.

Everything is geared toward supporting the roving patrol units. Each unit would include a truck, trailer, rescue tubes, first aid kit and megaphones, and would cover different sections of the island.

For information about donations, tickets, table purchases, prizes or auction items, contact Melamed (808) 482-0218 or andymelamed946@gmail.com.

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