Where were warning signs?

To the Forum:It was a great surprise to learn from people at a luau that

Hanalei Bay was closed to swimming between Saturday and Monday. My family,

including 4 small children, swam at Hanalei Bay on Sunday evening. We saw no

warning signs as we picnicked at Hanalei Beach Park. We saw no signs near the

restrooms. We saw no signs as we walked past the pier and set our towels on

the beach.

Looking back, it was rather odd that my four little kids were

some of the only ones splashing and swimming in the bay. No passersby

mentioned sharks or suggested we stay out of the water. Perhaps the

authorities felt the closing was well publicized. Apparently all the local

residents knew, but we’ve been too busy enjoying your beautiful island to watch

TV, listen to the radio, or read the paper. It scares me to think what might

have happened as my children swam in the vicinity of 8-12 foot tiger


Please make more of an attempt to warn the tourists of dangers.

More signs posted along the beach would be helpful. Don’t assume that tourists

are keeping up with the news, and please encourage island residents to warn

tourists of any dangers.


Michelle Barry and Joel


Apex, NC


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