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Boat found in Kahana Bay confirmed as tsunami debris, state says

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A boat that was found on the shoreline of Kahana Bay along Oahu's North Shore is the fourth piece of confirmed Japan tsunami debris, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The confirmation was made by the Government of Japan, with assistance from the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program.

The boat was first seen last Thursday morning, floating upside-down in the ocean just off the bay. It later crashed and was broken upon the rocks in the bay.

"The State of Hawai‘i is particularly grateful to the Japan Consulate for its continued excellent assistance in confirming the origin of items and contacting the owners," said William J. Aila, Jr., chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources. "The state will continue to work collaboratively with other agencies and the government of Japan to address further reports."

NOAA says that as of Nov. 29, they had received approximately 1,400 official debris reports from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

"While not every item may be traceable back to Japan, it is still important that the public help ensure the health and safety of our community and our coastal environment by reporting bulky, hazardous, large or unusual items in our waters or coastline," Aila said. "Smaller items can be reported and disposed of safely."

DLNR says it encourages the public to continue to report marine debris they suspect may have originated in Japan by calling 587-0400 or sending information and photos to and

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