Hapuna Beach to reopen Friday following shark attack

Hapuna Beach
Hapuna Beach

Hawaii County officials say Hapuna Beach will reopen on Friday morning, nearly two days after a visitor from Kansas was bitten by a tiger shark.

HAPUNA BEACH, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- - Helicopter crews conducted overflights of the beach on Thursday, and no shark activity was discovered. Authorities decided to keep the beach closed as a precaution.

A man has been rushed to the hospital following a shark attack at Hapuna Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Officials confirm that a shark bit a 58-year-old visitor from Kansas on his left arm. Lifeguards warned people to get out of the water and posted 'shark sighted' signs along the North Hawaii beach shoreline.

According to witnesses, the man was snorkeling with his family at the south point of the beach when the shark bit him.

He was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital and later flown to Oahu for surgery. He was last listed in stable condition with severe lacerations to his arm and an injury to his left thigh.


The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will keep Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area closed until 7 a.m. on Friday.


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