WATCH: DLNR responds to Kaanapali shark incident

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KAANAPALI, Hawaii (KHON2) — Maui fire reports a snorkeler was bitten by a shark in waters off Kaanapali Beach on Friday, Jan. 22.

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It happened around 7:45 a.m. fronting the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas.

Maui fire says a 73-year-old male from California was snorkeling about 40 yards from shore when he was bitten in the calf by a shark that was about 8-feet long.

He is in good condition and is being evaluated by paramedics.

Shark warning sings have been placed along the stretch of beach one mile on either side of the incident site. Six officers from the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) are patrolling the beach to warn the public not to go swimming.

DOCARE officer Cory Fernandes spotted two spear fishers in the water on the southern perimeter of the warning area several hours after the incident.

Officer Fernandez informed the fishers of the warning and safely directed them to swim to a nearby pier.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources reminds the public that shark incident responses are designed to give beachgoers a high degree of awareness while remaining totally focused on public safety.

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