Shark in Hawaiian waters
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.