Officials close a North Kona beach after ‘aggressive’ shark bumps kayak

Officials close a North Kona beach after ‘aggressive’ shark bumps kayak
Kekaha Kai State Park/file image (Source: DLNR)

NORTH KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii Island beach was closed Friday morning following the sighting of a tiger shark.

Department of Land and Natural Resources officials say Manini’owali Beach, also known as Kua Bay at the Kekaha Kai State Park, was closed around 11:30 a.m.

Officials said the the first sighting of the shark was in Kukio Bay where a kayaker reported that an “aggressive” tiger sharked bumped the kayak.

Shortly after, DLNR officials said a visitor saw and photographed the shark in the surf line at Kua Bay. That photo was shared with park groundskeepers who then notified the DOCARE office.

The beach will remain closed for the rest of Friday and into the nighttime hours.

Ocean Safety crews will determine if the beach is safe to reopen Saturday morning.

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