Warning signs up on Maui after scary shark encounter in waters off Paia

Published: Oct. 3, 2023 at 5:51 AM HST|Updated: Oct. 3, 2023 at 9:39 AM HST
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PAIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Warning signs are up on Maui following a scary shark encounter in waters off Paia on Monday.

Officials put up warning signs from Hookipa to Baldwin Beach Park.

The incident happened around 1 p.m. at Tavares Beach in about three-to-four feet of water.

DOCARE said there was limited clarity due to high surf.

A woman who was surfing reported to authorities that a 10-to-12 footlong Galapagos shark bit her board and launched her into the air.

She landed on the shark which then bit through her leash.

The woman said she was able to get back on her board and swim to shore with only minor scrapes.

Lifeguards and DOCARE officers will survey the area and determine whether to reopen the beach on Tuesday.