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May 23, 2018

12-Foot Tiger Shark Sighting Prompts Temporary Closure of South Maui Shoreline

County of Maui Lifeguards at Mākena State Park closed the ocean waters to park users because of a 12-foot tiger shark seen swimming about 50-feet from shore.
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April 10, 2018

UPDATE: ‘Āhihi-Kīna‘u CLOSED Again, 10-Foot Tiger Shark Sighted

The ʻĀhihi-Kīnaʻu Natural Area Reserve is officially closed again as of 1:19 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  Maui Now has confirmed with state officials that a 10-foot Tiger shark was sighted at 11 a.m. today, and was still seen at 1 p.m. 
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August 09, 2017

Lifeguards on Patrol After Shark Sighting at Ho‘okipa

Lifeguards at Hoʻokipa Beach along Maui's North Shore were patrolling the area on Wednesday afternoon following a shark sighting reported near shore.
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November 24, 2016

Shark Sighting Closes South Maui Beaches for 2 Hours on Wednesday

Ocean safety lifeguards temporarily closed several beach parks in Kihei at around 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, because of a shark sighting at Kamaʻole Beach Park I. The sighting comes a week after a shark attack reported at the same beach on Nov. 14, 2016.
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November 15, 2016

Shark Warning Lifted at South Maui Beaches

The shark warning and beach closure advisory for South Maui has been lifted as of 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, following a suspected shark attack reported on Monday morning fronting Kamaʻole Beach Park I.
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May 16, 2016

Maui Shark Behavior Study Findings to be Released

The study was commissioned after a spike in the number of shark bite incidents on Maui in 2012 and 2013, which tapered off somewhat in 2014.
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November 13, 2014

UPDATE: Kāʻanapali Beaches Re-Opened After Apparent Shark Encounter

A 50 year old Homer, Alaska man, snorkeling in the ocean off of Kahekili "Airport" Beach in the Kāʻanapali area of West Maui, reported being bitten by a shark at around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.
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January 08, 2014

DLNR: Tiger Shark Approaches Paddle Surfer at Ukumehame

According to a DLNR spokesperson, a 43-year-old Haʻikū man identified as Matt Kinoshita told authorities that he was paddle surfing about 75 yards off Ukumehame in five feet of water at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, when he saw an eight-foot tiger shark approaching him from the side with its mouth open.
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February 14, 2012

VIDEO: Shark Sighting at Makena on Maui Forces Beach Closure

The beach at Makena State Park was closed today after a 10-12 foot shark was sighted at around 11 a.m. The shark was spotted about 10 to 15 yards from shore by a lifeguard who was entering the water at the time.
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February 22, 2010

Hookipa Beach Park Re-Opened Following Shark Sighting

Hookipa Beach Park Re-Opened Following Shark Sighting (Updated:  2:36 p.m. 2/22/10) At 1:30 p.m. today, County Ocean Safety officials re-opened shoreline waters off Hookipa Beach Park on the North Shore of Maui. The area was closed just after 11:30 a.m. following a shark sighting approximately 150 yards from the surf break. No injuries were reported.... Read more »
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December 12, 2009

Kamaole I, II, and III Park Beaches Closed Due to Shark Sighting

County ocean safety officers and DLNR personnel are monitoring the near shore waters off of the three Kamaole Beach Parks in Kihei following a confirmed sighting of a shark estimated to be around 10-12 ft in size. The shoreline waters of Kamaole I, II, and III are closed to beachgoers at this time. Ocean safety... Read more »
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September 12, 2009


Two West Maui bays were closed briefly over the weekend because of two 12-16 foot tiger sharks sighted.  The sightings forced the closure of Honolua and Mokuleia Bays between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday morning.  Aquatics officials say the creatures appeared to have been feeding on fish in the area.  No injuries were reported. ... Read more »
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