MAKENA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lifeguards closed Big Beach at Makena State Park on Saturday after a shark was spotted swimming less than 15 feet from shore, the second shark-related beach closing on the Valley Isle since Thursday.
Officials from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources say they received a call from lifeguards at Big Beach just before 3 p.m. saying a lifeguard had been swimming 3-5 yards offshore when he spotted a grey shark following him. The lifeguard exited the water and reported the sighting.
Lifeguards closed the beach and posted shark warning signs. At the time, only the water was considered off limits, and the beach remained open.
Lifeguards continued monitoring the water to make sure the shark is not seen again. The beach was reopened at around 5:00 p.m.
Kanaha Beach Park in Central Maui was reopened on Friday morning, one day after a shark chomped down on a stand-up paddler's board. Authorities suspect the shark in that case was a tiger shark because it was so aggressive.