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“Hu'ihu'i (Cool in Hawaiian)”

Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors are born and raised in the islands. Who better to visit when on the Big Island of Hawaii but the Natives! Learn how to surf the Kona style waves with our ohana (family) of Hawaiian watermen. Located in the Heart of Kailua-Kona On Ali'i Drive. HLSI proudly works with the Make A Wish Foundation year round and a family owned and operated Big Island Surf School since the 1990's.
Reviewed May 8, 2012

My daughter has had lessons for HLSI for 2 years in a row. She is 11 years old and was booked both times in private, 1 on 1 classes for 1.5hrs. She had so much fun, she can't wait to back and do it again next all day! HLSI makes the learning experience very simple and accomodating. Any type a fear a child or adult has about doing lessons is gone when get in the presence of these awesome instructors. Mahalo HLSI team for the memories of a lifetime, especially Tiffany and Uncle K.

Date of experience: April 2012
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

Lesson was clear and easy to understand. Beach has reasonable waves for all ages.

Date of experience: April 2012
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

This surfing school has great system that gives kids lots of one-on-one instruction, as well as short breaks for their arms to rest from the paddling that surfing requires. Staff was friendly and always encouraging to our kids. This was my children's first surfing attempt and they were all standing within the first few tries. They have a good physical set-up and use it efficiently, but the kids just saw it all as great fun.

Date of experience: March 2012
Thank C N
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

I booked a semi private lesson for my 2 teenagers and from the second we walked in to their headquarters to the time we left the beach it was great. Super friendly and made the kids very comfortable in the water. They had a great time taking lessons from Kali'i while John took photos of their efforts. I recommend buying the up front $50 photo package which allows you to download onto your computer after they send you the link. Otherwise you'll be paying a lot more per photo. Great experience. Mahalo.

Date of experience: February 2012
Thank sls970
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HLSI, Manager at Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2012

On behalf of our Team and ohana (family) here at HLSI, thank you for taking the time to review our services. Sharing your experience helps others find us and insures them we provide quality service for their familes to enjoy. We look forward to surfing with your family again in the future.
Aloha from Team HLSI

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Reviewed March 4, 2012

Thank you Tif & HLSI We had lots of fun! So good to see everyone out there having a great time.

Date of experience: March 2012
Thank Loki R
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