Parents claim warning signs weren’t visible when children stung by jellyfish at Ko Olina

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Jellyfish typically invade our beaches eight to 10 days after the full moon.

This time some areas that don’t normally see the jellies are getting them. Those areas include Ko Olina.

A parent reached out to us through the Report It feature on our website telling us her children were stung multiple times at a Ko Olina lagoon, and that jellyfish warning signs were almost impossible to see.

Erin Morash left Ko Olina on Wednesday with her son crying in pain. She sent in pictures of her children’s skin after she says they were stung multiple times swimming in a Ko Olina lagoon. She says after they left it only got worse.

“We came home and looked at them even more, and they were covered even more. Then my boy started running a fever and having diarrhea,” said Morash.

Angel Yanagihara, a U.H. researcher and jellyfish expert says Ko Olina contacted her on Wednesday to talk to her about the jellyfish protocol in place for the resort.

“We collected every single month from all kinds of observing stations and Ko Olina contacted us today, and they’re interested in keeping careful data as well to be a part of the study,” said Yanagihara.

Morash says there were signs up at the resort, but they were not easy to find.

She says she was told signs aren’t put on the beach because they’ve been stolen in the past.

In a statement Ko Olina said today in part, “Jellyfish warning signs have been up at all four of Ko Olina’s lagoons since Monday, in anticipation of the current jellyfish influx. Members of the resort’s Aloha Team, who monitor our lagoon areas, received no reports of jellyfish stings today.”

Morash says that isn’t the case. “Yeah that’s absolutely not true unless the guy the people were coming to was not reporting it, but there were definitely people going up to him. We went up to him twice personally.”

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