Beach closed after shark sighting

HANALEI – Hanalei Bay was closed to swimming after a surfer encountered a shark Monday afternoon.

The six- to eight-foot-long hammerhead shark was initially sighted about 30 yards off shore at Waioli Beach Park, also known as Pine Trees, Kauai County officials stated in a press release. Before lifeguards could clear everyone out of the water, a surfer reported that the shark hit his board fronting Hanalei Pavilion about 1 p.m. The surfer was not injured and his board was not damaged.

“Shark Sighted” and “No Swimming” signs were posted along the beach and the public was advised to stay out of the water until further notice.

The beach will remain closed until at least this morning, when lifeguards will reassess if the water is safe. The public is reminded that a High Surf Advisory has been posted for all north- and west-facing shores until Tuesday evening.

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