Hawaii DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources)
18. March 2015
HAPUNA BEACH STATE PARK CLOSED DUE TO SHARK BITE
HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources and county lifeguards closed Hapuna Beach State Park today following an incident just before noon, in which a 58 year old male visitor was bit by a shark while snorkeling in the ocean near the south point of the park. He was taken to a local hospital.
It was identified as a 10-12 foot long tiger shark, which was again seen in the bay some time after 1 p.m.
Shark warning signs were posted along Hapuna Beach, including Wailea beach, and as far north as Spencer Beach Park and south to Puako beach. The public is advised to exercise caution if entering the ocean at these areas.
Hapuna Beach State Park will remain closed and warning signs posted until the Hawaii County Fire Department conducts helicopter flyovers tomorrow morning. If a shark is sighted, the park will remain closed. If no shark is sighted during the 11 a.m. flyover, the park will be reopened at noon. An update notice will be issued at that time.