Honolulu – Maui beaches, which had been closed for one mile in each direction from the location of yesterday’s fatal shark incident at Kanahena (Dumps) in the Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve on Maui, were reopened as of 12 noon today.
The Maui Police Department has identified the victim as 65-year-old Margaret Cruse of Kihei, Maui. She was reportedly snorkeling 200 yards offshore when she received injuries consistent with a shark bite. Lifesaving efforts on the beach were unsuccessful.
Patrols by Maui lifeguards and DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers (DOCARE) since yesterday morning failed to produce any shark sightings. Beaches and ocean access points are typically closed until noon of the day following a shark incident.
All beaches from Big Beach to the La Perouse Lighthouse are now open. Ocean users are encouraged to exercise caution, stay near other people, and swim or surf at beaches patrolled by lifeguards whenever possible. More information on ocean safety and shark incidents in Hawaii is available at: hawaiisharks.org