Hanauma Bay closure hurts small businesses - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Hanauma Bay closure hurts small businesses

Posted: Updated:
  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Study shows instant ramen bad for the heart

    Study shows instant ramen bad for the heart

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:25 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:25:44 GMT
    Instant RamenInstant Ramen
    Its cheap and easy to prepare that's why instant ramen is such a staple for those low on cash and time.More >>
    Its cheap and easy to prepare that's why instant ramen is such a staple for those low on cash and time.More >>
  • Viral Video: Goliath grouper snags 4-foot shark from fisherman's line

    Viral Video: Goliath grouper snags 4-foot shark from fisherman's line

    A fisherman off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida thinks he has a pretty nice catch. As he reels in a four-foot shark, his catch is stolen by an even bigger fish. A massive grouper pulls the sharkMore >>
    A massive grouper steals a four-foot shark from a fisherman's line off the coast of Florida.More >>
  • Man dubbed "Manoa Menace" arrested

    Man dubbed "Manoa Menace" arrested

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:01 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:01:06 GMT
    The man dubbed as the "Manoa menace" has been arrested, but not for harassing his Manoa neighbors.More >>
    The man dubbed as the "Manoa menace" has been arrested, but not for harassing his Manoa neighbors.More >>
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The sign on Kalanianaole Highway told visitors Hanauma Bay was closed Monday -- the third straight day high surf and rip currents forced officials to close the beach.

"We're trying to just err on the side of caution, and provide a safe place for all of our visitors and beach goers," city Parks and Recreation acting director Albert Tufono said.

He estimates the city is losing $12,000 daily in admission fees.

It's also costly for small businesses that rent snorkel gear and shuttle people to and from Hanauma Bay.

Marcio Lira estimates the closures have cost his Kaimana Tours company about $6,000 in canceled trips.

"Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday are the busiest for us. Lots of customers fly in and fly out," he said.

Another casualty is The Tram at Hanauma Bay. It makes money moving people.

"We charge $1.00 to take people down, or $1.25 up. The all-day pass, which we do most of, is $2.00," assistant manager Chris Langford said.

Tufono estimates 1,600 people visit Hanauma Bay daily. It has closed because of box jellyfish and tsunami scares, but officials can't remember the last time surf shut it down three days in a row.

Visitors are disappointed.

"This place is famous. We were hoping it would work out," Denver resident John Bogumill said.

Hanauma Bay regularly closes on Tuesdays, so it won't be until Wednesday morning when lifeguards do another assessment.

"They provide us with the recommendation. Hopefully, we can get the work out as soon as possible," Tufono said.

"I hope it's open," Langford said. "That's one of the days I'm scheduled to be into work. Hopefully, it'll get better."

Copyright 2012 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved