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Shark Bite Incident Forces Closure of Kanahā Beach Park Until Noon on Sunday

May 15, 2021, 8:57 PM HST
* Updated May 15, 8:58 PM
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Kanahā Beach Park in Central Maui will be closed until noon on Sunday after a report of a shark bite incident with minor injuries on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

The incident happened around 4:45 p.m.

County officials say a 35-year-old man fell off his kite foil about 400 yards off shore of the beach canoe hale. As he was getting back on his board, a shark reportedly bit him in the back side of his upper leg. The man sustained 2- to 3-inch lacerations and was able to make his way back to shore, according to county officials.

The man declined medical treatment.

The shark was estimated at 5 to 8 feet long. Officials are taking precautions because of the reported aggressive behavior of the shark. Shark warning signs were posted.

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Officials will determine whether to reopen the beach park following an assessment on Sunday morning.

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