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West Hawaii Beach Closure for August 28th, 2019

La'aloa (Magic Sands) Beach Park will remain closed until tomorrow morning (August 29th) due to a shark sighting on Wednesday afternoon.

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) Ocean Safety Lifeguards along with Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) personnel have closed La'aloa (Magic Sands) Beach Park due to shark sighting on Wednesday afternoon (August 28th).


The shark (described to being a 10-foot tiger shark) was spotted in waters offshore of La'aloa Beach just after 3:15 pm Wednesday afternoon. Lifeguards did an immediate search of surrounding waters and later confirmed the sighting. Once confirmed, Lifeguards shortly thereafter advised all patrons and beachgoers to stay out of the water due to the sighting.


DLNR personnel later arrived on scene at La'aloa Beach and also confirmed the sighting. Shark Sighting signs were posted at La'aloa and the beach will remain closed until tomorrow morning. HFD Chopper will be conducting an aerial survey of the waters surrounding La'aloa tomorrow morning to determine if the beach can safely reopen.

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