Visitor, 65, hospitalized after shark attack at Anaehoomalu Bay

KAILUA-KONA — A 65-year-old California visitor was hospitalized today following a reported shark attack in waters off Anaehoomalu Bay in South Kohala.

All beaches in the vicinity will remain closed until further notice, Civil Defense said. The attack occurred around 8:30 a.m. in the bay fronting the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman Dan Dennison said the victim was a 65-year-old woman visiting from California.

She was reportedly bitten by a 5-foot black-tip reef shark at Anaehoomalu Bay, Dennison said. The woman was airlifted to North Hawaii Community Hospital for treatment. No additional details were available on her condition or injuries.

The Hawaii Fire Department conducted a post-incident fly-over and no further shark sightings were reported, Dennison said. Warning signs are posted and hotels have advised visitors.

The beaches in the vicinity will remain closed until further notice.

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