Surfer bitten by shark; Hanalei Bay reopened

HANALEI — A surfer reported he was attacked by a shark Monday afternoon off Hanalei.

Ocean Safety officials closed Hanalei Bay until this afternoon. It was reopened about 2 p.m.

A male resident said he had been surfing at a spot commonly known as “the bowl,” when he was bit by a large tiger shark.

The man sustained multiple lacerations to his leg and was transported by medics to Wilcox Hospital.

Lifeguards posted “Shark Sighted” and “No Swimming” signs along Hanalei Bay and roved the shoreline to warn surfers and beachgoers to stay out of the water.

Lifeguards will reassess the water this morning to determine if it is safe for swimming.

  1. harry oyama February 4, 2019 3:25 pm Reply

    Well the tiger shark must eat, its just part of the hazard going surfing in waters where the shark feeds.

    I’ve seen allot of tiger sharks while spear fishing, its only the younger ones that try to steal your fish while its being towed on a line behind you. The larger one don’t normally try to do that because we will spear it. But when a surfer gets into foaming water and is difficuilt to see, then chances are some shark may see just the bottom of the surfboard and thinks its prey.

    1. Mercy Dost February 5, 2019 5:33 am Reply

      Mr. Oyama, May I quote you in a speech I’m doing in a class in Illinois ? I don’t know many fisherman and would like to include your experience in a speech.

  2. Charlie Chimknee February 5, 2019 7:27 am Reply

    What a coincidence…an anonymous shark…and an anonymous shark victim…!



  3. harry oyama February 5, 2019 4:02 pm Reply

    Mercy, go for it. Actually we ran into a huge tiger shark once, maybe 15 feet and it made a buzzing sound when it checked us out while spearing fishing. There was about 10 of us in waters about 50-60 feet deep and we had allot of fish.

    Every one was eyeing that monster and headed for the shore, but it left us alone. It was close to where the Coast Guard station on the south shore of Kauai used to be next to Breneke. Noticed that some type of brown liquid was seeping from underwater caves on the ocean floor, could be sewage from lava tubes on land.

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