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  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Swimmers experience difficulty with currents near the Po‘ipu Beach Park tombolo follow the verbal assistance being provided by lifeguards at the Nukumoi tower Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Po‘ipu Beach Park is a full house Friday with beach-goers taking advantage of clear weather and the Admission Day holiday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Nukumoi lifeguard tower at Po‘ipu Beach Park gets help from the roving personal watercraft patrol in overseeing the beach and coastal water population Friday that includes a Hawaiian monk seal that decided it was nap time.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A Kauai Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau lifeguard does shoreline patrol aboard a personal watercraft Friday when the Po‘ipu Beach Park population was enhanced by beach-goers taking advantage of clear weather and the Admission Day holiday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A Kaua‘i Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau lifeguard conducts shoreline patrol aboard a personal watercraft Friday while beach-goers enjoy the tombolo at Po‘ipu Beach Park.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Kaua‘i Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau crew at the Lydgate Park tower, upper right, oversees the busy Morgan’s Ponds and beyond as beach-goers enjoy the Admission Day holiday Friday in Wailua.

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Fire Department has seen a surge in calls for service this summer.

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