July 7, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video by Baron Sekiya, Hawaii247.com | Voice of Tim Bryan
The heroes efforts of two young men were recognized by the mayor this week.
Kekoa Namohala and Waylen Carenio, two volunteer lifeguards fom Lanakila Learning Center, rescued a Hilo Intermediate School student from the waters off Coconut Island on May 21st.
According to Fire Department Captain Ty Mederios, the boys were stationed by the concrete tower where the 8th graders were leaping into the bay. Mayor Kenoi read Mederios’ account of what happened next.
Harlen Fragas, who taught the volunteer lifeguards ocean safety, was also present on the mayor’s lanai.
Carenio was not able to attend the ceremony, but Namohala accepted the county’s thanks on his behalf.
From Hawaii County:
On Friday, May 21, 2010, Hilo Intermediate School held its 8th grade end of school activity at Coconut Island. Myself, along with two young men from Lanakila Learning Center volunteered as Lifeguards for the activity. Their names are Kekoa Namohala and Waylen Carenio. There were approximately 200 students attending.
Both of these young men were positioned at the concrete tower on Coconut Island where many of the students were jumping into the ocean. I was positioned on the opposite side of the beach where other students were swimming. I glanced across to the tower and noticed both Kekoa and Waylen getting ready to jump into the ocean. Both young men grabbed their buoys and jumped into the water, dove to the bottom, bringing up an unconscious male student and brought him to shore where they assessed the student for any post drowning injuries. The student regained consciousness and did not require any medical treatment.
I am requesting that these two young men Kekoa Namohala and Waylen Carenio be recognized for their service to the community by volunteering as Lifeguards for this event and also for their quick action that day that lead to the recovery of the student from the bottom of the ocean preventing any long term injuries and even his possible death.
As a Firefighter for more than 22 years and a member of the community, it is good to know that young men such as Kekoa and Waylen are part of our community and are examples to those around them.
Captain Ty Medeiros
Waikoloa Fire Station