The Maui News - South Maui waters were reopened to swimmers around noon Saturday, Dec. 1, after an area off Halama Street in Kihei was kept off limits following a shark attack on the previous morning, according to Maui County spokesman Rod Antone.
People were told not to go into waters from north of Waipuilani Park to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary after Oregon visitor Tom Kennedy, 61, was bitten around 9:40 a.m. He had been using a paddle board while he was snorkeling with two relatives about 200 yards off shore of 1790 Halama St. near Kalama Park.
Officials reopened access to South Maui ocean waters after there were no more confirmed shark sightings.
Maui visitors snap a souvenir photo after South Maui beaches were closed due to a shark attack.
Photo: Mauka Simpson
Friday's attack follows a string of reported shark attacks and sightings in the past couple of months on Maui--on Nov. 4 off of the Waiehu Golf Course; on Oct. 27 at Makena Landing; on Oct. 22, a sea turtle was attacked by a shark at Kanaha Beach Park; on Oct. 20 at Makena State Park; and on Oct. 18 off "Kite Beach," (Ka'a Point) near Kanaha Beach Park.
A state aquatic biologist said there was no evidence that the attacks were related in some way, but added that the number of shark attacks in Hawai'i seems to be more numerous in the fall-into-winter period, although he didn't know the reason for the trend.