Mākena Shoreline Reopens After Shark Attack

August 15, 2013, 10:05 AM HST · Updated August 15, 1:43 PM
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Palauea Beach, also known as White Rock in Mākena, 8/14/14. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Palauea Beach, also known as White Rock in Mākena, 8/14/14. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

(Update: 12 p.m. 8/15/13)

Beaches from Maluaka to the Mana Kai were reopened at noon today following a shark attack at Palauea (White Rock) on Wednesday afternoon.

(Update: 9:45 a.m. 8/15/2013)

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Land and sea searches continue this morning by crews from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Ocean Safety and Fire department personnel, following a critical shark attack at Palauea Beach, or “White Rock,” in Mākena yesterday afternoon.

A 20-year-old woman from Germany was hospitalized in critical condition, after her right arm was severed in the attack, reported at 4:41 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14. County officials today say an update on the victim’s condition is not available at this time.

An assessment will be made at noon to evaluate the possible reopening the two-mile stretch of shoreline that was closed yesterday between Mākena Beach Resort and the Mana Kai Resort, a county press release stated.

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The public is asked to adhere to all warnings and beach closures.

Full details from yesterday’s incident are posted here.

Palauea Beach, also known as White Rock in Mākena, 8/14/14. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Palauea Beach, also known as White Rock in Mākena, 8/14/14. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The incident comes on the heels of a separate incident in which a shark bit an unmanned board about a quarter mile offshore of Kaʻa Point near Kanahā Beach in Central Maui on Tuesday, Aug. 13. No one was injured in that incident.

And days prior, a shark attack reported on Wednesday July 31, in Ulua Beach area of South Maui. During that incident, a California woman was treated and released from the hospital after suffering bite marks to her torso.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has a list of tips for “Safety Dos and Don’ts” relating to water safety and sharks.

***Check back for further details, which will be posted as they become available.

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