(ABOVE PHOTO) The object, later identified as a mooring, closed Kua Bay for a short time Friday. Photo courtesy DLNR.
- The Kua Bay section of Kekaha Kai State Park in Kona was closed today after an unidentified object was found in the water. The object was later identified as a mooring, according to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Here is the original media release issued by DLNR.
Officers from the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), along with staff from the DLNR Division of State Parks, closed the Kua Bay section of Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park today after an unidentified object was found in the water.
State Parks Administrator Dan Quinn said, “High winter surf brings a lot of surfers to this park and we feel it is best to close the park and not allow surfers and others into the water, for their own safety, until we can identify this object.”
A U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) expert is planning to gather photographs of the object this afternoon in an effort to determine exactly what it is. A representative from the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) will accompany the EOD expert. The Navy is working closely with DLNR to assess the item and appropriate response actions.
The object is approximately two feet in diameter and is estimated to weigh 150 pounds. There has been a history of unexploded ordnance found in the waters of this region.
As soon as the object is positively identified and removed if necessary, staff from the DLNR Division of State Parks will determine when Kua Bay can be reopened. Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources on Jan. 2
A short time later, we received this update:
The object reported in the release … was identified as a mooring and Kua Bay has now reopened. Thank you, Hawaii DLNR and Navy Region Hawaii. Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources on Jan. 2