Hanalei Bay closed due to shark sighting

HANALEI, Kauai (KHNL) - Hanalei Bay is closed until further notice due to a shark sighting in the area.

Several sharks between six- to eight-foot long were spotted by lifeguards in the area Wednesday morning.

Kauai Ocean Safety Bureau officials say the beach will be reopened when it is deemed safe for the public to re-enter the water.

Those wanting to spend time at the beach are urged to go to other guarded beaches around the island.

Officials say the beach will be closed for the entire day.

Lifeguards will re-assess the beach Thursday morning and decide if the waters are safe.