VIDEO: Kona shark attack survivors share escape stories

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Video Video courtesy Lynn Beittel, Matt Binder of Visionary Video

Holualoa Bay, Hawaii – Two residents of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii got together at Lyman’s surf spot to talk story about the things they have in common on Thursday.

Alayna DeBina and Theresa Fernandez both enjoy the water. They both surf. And they both were attacked by a shark this week.

Luckily, neither woman was hurt. Alayna’s grandson Monoa, who was out with her in Holualoa Bay on Sunday when the shark struck their paddleboard, was also unharmed.

Meeting each other to do this video interview, the two wahine had plenty to talk about.

In the video, DeBina and Fernandez both recount their stories of survival, after a suspected tiger shark knocked into them and bit into their boards. Fernandez brought her surf board along for show and tell on Thursday. Both ladies initially thought they hit sea turtles, which are common in Hawaiian waters.

There are many questions still unanswered. Is there more than one hungry shark in the waters of Holualoa Bay? Why are the sharks attacking? Is there a correlation between the population of sea turtles and the aggressive sharks? And will it happen again?

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  1. Alayna DeBina said:

    Just to correct it for the record, my grandson’s name is Manoa. And the shark bite mark was 16.5 inches which calculates to an aproximate length of 165 inches, which is just under 14 feet.

    While we will never really know if it was the same shark that bit both mine and Theresa’s board – there is clearly an issue with sharks being more aggressive and closer to shore than usual.

    So take caution – say your prayers and thank the Good Lord for safety!!

  2. Big Island Video Newsadmin said:

    Mahalo, Alayna.

    We have corrected the typo.

    Thank you for sharing your story with the world. And we also thank you for sharing Manoa’s mana’o in this video.

  3. Jeanie said:

    Guests visiting the Big Island need perspective- such shark encounter are VERY RARE. Hence the local buzz is big. There is a greater risk of travel accidents that getting even in viewing distance of a shark here. Go in the water ar supervised beaches or with guides and all will be fine!

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