Two-year-old Melisa Mizutani drowned in waters off Sand Island Monday.
At around the same time, a 6-year-old boy was pulled from waters off Point Panic.
The beautiful blue Pacific can be enchanting, especially to children.
That makes it heartbreaking when the ocean claims a child's life.
"What's even more heartbreaking, is [it was] preventable. Both of the incidents Monday could have been prevented if these two babies were being watched," Honolulu Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Shayne Enright said.
Mel Horimoto is a frequent ocean visitor and watched his granddaughter grow up loving the ocean.
"Somebody was always with her. I think the main thing is people just got to be careful, yeah? Make sure that you always in contact with them when they're in the water," Horimoto said.
Horimoto said his grandchild loved the ocean from an early age and experts say it's important to teach children love and respect for the ocean early.
"We have parent-tot classes here. We take children in from as comfortable as the parents feel comfortable bringing them [to class]. One month, two months, two, 3 years old and they need to get comfortable in the water, not to develop that fear of the water," YWCA swim instructor Erin Hisatake said.
"You want to start teaching your child as young as possible how to swim. That can definitely help. But we don't want to give parents false hope," Enright said.
Enright and other experts emphasize we are surrounded by water and that swimming should be one of the first things we teach our keiki.
"I've always taught tots when they're little, just to move their arms be able to paddle themselves up to the top and they can do that. I've had children swimming before they're walking," Hisatake said.
Sources tell KHON2 that state Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy died in a plane crash off Molokai.
The owner of Makani Kai Air says the plane that crashed off Molokai had engine failure.
Loretta Fuddy devoted 30 years to the health and human services industry.