Surfer reportedly bitten by shark off Maui’s Hookipa Beach Park


A shark advisory for Maui’s north shore was lifted at noon Saturday after Friday’s report of a shark attack at Hookipa Beach Park.

The park was also reopened at noon Saturday.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, the Maui Police Department notified the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) of a shark bite at Hookipa Beach Park.

Fire officials say the victim is a 36-year-old man from Paia. He was surfing about 50 yards from shore, at the surf spot known as “H-Poko.”

Officials say a surfer near the victim looked over after hearing the man scream, and saw a five-foot reef shark biting the surfer’s left arm. The shark let go and then bit the man again in the left leg.

Other surfers came to the victim’s aid and helped him back to shore, firefighters said. He was transported by emergency personnel to the hospital in serious condition with injuries to his left arm and left leg.

Ocean conditions were windy, choppy, and murky.

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