Brown Water: North Shore and NW Maui, Ho‘okipa to Kahana

May 7, 2019, 7:12 AM HST · Updated May 7, 7:12 AM

Maui Now. Brown Water Advisory.

A Brown Water Advisory has been issued along the North shore and Northwest Maui from Hoʻokipa to Kahana.

The state Department of Health, Clean Water Branch reports that heavy rain has resulted in stormwater runoff entering into coastal waters.


The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff “due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris.”

Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, however, if the water is brown the public is advised to stay out.

The public is also advised to follow-up with a primary care physician if any health concerns arise.


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