Kayaker who suffered shark bite: ‘We go into their home and things happen’

65-year-old visitor suffers apparent shark bite off Waikoloa

WAIKOLOA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kimberly Bishop and her husband enjoy spending time out on the water.

And that’s where the couple ― who split their time between California and Waikoloa ― were Tuesday morning when their ocean adventure took a frightening turn.

It was about 8:30 a.m., and Bishop was kayaking off Anaehoomalu Bay in Waikoloa.

Her husband was on a paddleboard.

“The water was really clear. I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary and then all of a sudden something hit me from behind and immediately dumped me over and bit my leg like right away,” Bishop said.

The 65-year-old said the shark that bit her quickly let go.

Bishop sustained a bite that was about 12 inches in diameter, and was airlifted in stable condition to North Hawaii Community Hospital. That’s where she was recovering Tuesday afternoon.

Bishop’s husband said after the incident, he spotted the shark before it swam away.

“I can’t imagine it was anything but a tiger shark. The bite length was pretty long,” he said.

Paddlers from the Waikoloa Canoe Club helped to bring the couple to shore. And beachboys warned others to get out of the water.

Warning signs were posted and authorities have closed beaches in the area until further notice. A flyover late Tuesday didn’t show any shark activity in the water.

After the incident, Bishop says she’s excited about getting out on the water again.

'I’m not afraid of going out in the water anymore and I’m not afraid of sharks," she said. “This is their home. We go into their home and things happen.”

This story will be updated

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