Shark sighting leads to the temporary closure of Hāpuna Beach and Kauna'oa Beach (Maunakea Beach) Tuesday morning (July 14th).
Published by: HIRSC - Nevada (Henderson) and Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) Ocean Safety Lifeguards responded to investigate a report of a shark sighting in Hapuna Bay near the Westin Hāpuna Beach Resort Tuesday morning (July 14th).
The initial report came in at 9:59 am Tuesday morning and HFD Ocean Safety Lifeguards at Hāpuna Beach and Jet Ski Team for West Hawaii responded to the area approximately 30 yards offshore of Hapuna Beach.
Upon further investigation, HFD Ocean Safety Jet Ski Team confirmed the sighting of an 8 to 10-foot tiger shark offshore of Hapuna Beach and also spotted swimming in waters approximately 10 yards offshore of Kauna'oa Beach.
HFD Jet Ski team was continuing to monitor the area, while Ocean Safety Lifeguards and Resort Staff at Mauna Kea Resort were in the process of getting patrons out of the water at Hāpuna Beach and also at Kauna'oa Beach as a precaution due to the sighting.
Ocean Safety Lifeguards posted warning signs at both beaches and beaches will remain close for the next two hours (per HFD Protocol) pending a flyover by HFD Chopper 2 of the area scheduled for 12:00 pm Tuesday afternoon.
Any further updates will provide them as they become available.