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December 11, 2013
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Shark attack near Punalu’u beach on Hawaii Island

Captain Cook man taken to Ka'u Hospital

PUNALUU BEACH, Hawaii – A ten to twelve foot tiger shark is believed to be the culprit in a Wednesday morning shark attack near the popular Punalu’u black sand beach in Ka’u on Hawaii Island. The Hawaii County Police say a 29-year-old Captain Cook man reported being bitten by a shark while body boarding in … Full article →

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August 20, 2013
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DLNR to study tiger shark movements in Hawaii waters

Following recent shark attacks

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is initiating a study of tiger shark movements in island waters. “DLNR is paying close attention to the recent series of shark incidents statewide,” said William Aila, DLNR chairperson. “These appear to be random events involving sharks of different species and different sizes. There’s … Full article →

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August 18, 2013
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Shark attacks surfer at Pohoiki

Shark sightings also close beaches on Kohala Coast

UPDATE – The victim of the shark attack has been identified as Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi, a well known surfer in the Pohoiki community. Friends who have gone to visit Ulu Boy in the hospital report that he is in good spirits. Respected waterman Keith “Bradda Skibs” Nehls reports on his Facebook page: Keith Nehls … Full article →

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June 19, 2013
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Shark attack at Kekaha Kai State Park in Kona

Mahaiula Beach, Kua Bay closed

UPDATE: Wednesday at 1:28 p.m. The Department of Land and Natural Resources says it will keep Kekaha Kai State Park closed today because of the continued presence of sharks in the area. From the DLNR: A Hawaii Fire Department helicopter flyover this morning over the coast sighted eight reef sharks measuring about 5 to 6 … Full article →

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August 24, 2012
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VIDEO: Sharks feast on dead sperm whale in Puna

DLNR warns folks to stay out of the water Video by David Corrigan, Voice of Stephanie Salazar HAWAIIAN BEACHES, Hawaii: The shoreline cliffs of Hawaiian Beaches subdivision were crowded on Thursday, as onlookers clambered over the rocks to get a closer look at the huge, dead whale in the shallows. JJ Medeiros has been holding … Full article →

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October 18, 2011

NORTH KOHALA: Students study Pelekane Bay sharks

By David Corrigan and Stephanie Salazar (shark video courtesy National Park Service, photos courtesy Parker School) KOHALA, Hawaii: In North Kohala news, Parker School marine science students traveled to Pelekane Bay to observe blacktip reef sharks. Oct. 2nd The field trip provided the students with an opportunity to do research in conjunction with Hawaii Marine … Full article →

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July 25, 2011

VIDEO: Shark scare closes Hapuna Beach, Waialea Bay

KOHALA COAST, Hawaii: Shark sightings – including an underwater close encounter that was filmed – has forced the closure of Waialea Bay and Hapuna Beach along the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. From the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources: Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) closed Waialea Bay and Hapuna … Full article →

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May 26, 2011

VIDEO: Kona shark attack survivors share escape stories

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 … Full article →

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May 25, 2011

VIDEO: Sacred Hawaii surf spot suffers shark attacks

Video courtesy Lynn Beittel, Matt Binder of Visionary Video Another day, another frightening shark encounter at a popular Kona beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. Shark attacks are unusual here on Hawaii Island, but for the second time in three days, a surfer has run afoul of the jaws of a shark here at … Full article →

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November 5, 2010

Sharks close Big Island beach, put Kohala coast on edge

November 5, 2010 – KOHALA COAST, Hawaii By Stephanie Salazar The first ‘winter’ ocean swell that closed some Keaukaha beach parks brought out the surfers, but the state and county are urging caution for beach parks along the Kohala coast, due to continued shark sightings. John Kahiapo of the Department of Land and Natural Resources … Full article →

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June 24, 2010

VIDEO REPORT: Missing Hilo opihi picker found?

June 24, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii POLICE UPDATE -  Fire Department personnel located human remains Friday (June 25) believed to be those of 41-year-old Joseph Pacheco Jr., who failed to return from picking opihi on Wednesday (June 23). The remains were recovered at 8:30 a.m. Friday one mile north of Papai Bay. They have not … Full article →

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September 9, 2008

VIDEO: Shark sightings close West Hawaii beaches

September 9, 2008 – Kohala Coast, Hawaii Video by David Corrigan Three popular beaches on Hawaii’s west side remain closed after the fire department and lifeguards spot a number of large sharks swimming nearby. Spencer Beach Park, closed two days in a row, joins Hapuna State Park and Waialea Bay, which were both closed since … Full article →