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Maui Beaches in Kihei and Waialae area closed after shark attack

Shark in Hawaiian waters

KIHEI, MAUI -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) closed the beaches from Polo Beach Park to the Mana Kai Maui Resort in the Kihei - Wailea area this morning due to a shark incident earlier today.

Closure is in effect until further notice. This morning DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers were informed of a shark incident in the waters fronting Ulua Beach Park on Maui between 8:30 - 8:45 am.

The victim, a female, was approximately 30-feet seaward north of the rocky point at Ulua Beach Park.

The victim was taken to the hospital and is currently receiving medical treatment. DOCARE and Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) staff initiated a beach closure occurring one mile in either direction from where the incident occurred and posted shark warning signs. This is approximately from Polo Beach Park to the Mana Kai Maui Resort.

DOCARE officers remain in this area to facilitate and maintain the closure. DOCARE officers and DAR staff will remain on scene until sunset this evening and return at first light tomorrow.

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4 Comments for “Maui Beaches in Kihei and Waialae area closed after shark attack”

  1. Shark attacks have been on the rise and the decision to close visitors on the beach is just right. You can read more on such reports online.

  2. OK to close beaches, bad to "cull" them as Star Advertiser implies on it's sunday paper.
    Man wans't made for the ocean, so sharks are not to blame for attacking us.
    Obviously the SA editors are ignorant morons.

  3. Note to editor - its "Wailea" not "Waialae".

    Waialae is on Oahu, while Wailea adjoins Kihei on the south shore of Maui. Also of note, it's been a well known fact among locals and long time residents that sharks swim not that far off south shore beaches. One of my friends was bit off Ulua Beach in the 1990s (had semi-circle scar on his stomach.) A friend of mine lost a buddy of La Perouse a few years later. All they recovered was his weight belt.

  4. I don't know why people aren't afraid of sharks in this area, when they know very well that there are hundreds here.

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