Shark/human encounter reported in South Maui, search underway off of Keawakapu
Update: 2:38 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022
Emergency response crews and law enforcement are on the scene of a possible shark encounter in South Maui. Officials with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources say a call was placed just before noon today, reporting the incident about 50-yards from shore at Keawakapu Point.
First responders and officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement are currently on the scene attempting to account for all individuals who may have been involved, according to a department news release.
The public is encouraged to stay clear of the area for emergency operations and traffic.
The Maui Fire Department has multiple personnel on skis and diving, and MFD Air 1 and US Coast Guard aircraft are conducting aerial searches. The MFD rescue boat is also responding.
Shark warning signs have been posted from the Mana Kai condominiums to Ulua Point and will remain in place at least until noon Friday, after an all-clear is issued.
DOCARE officers and first responders are on the scene of a reported shark/human encounter in the Kīhei area on Maui.
Ocean Safety personnel aboard department Jet Skis are patrolling area waters, as well as personnel on Rescue Boat 10. A helicopter was also deployed to conduct searches over a 2.5 mile area between the Kīhei Boat Ramp to Polo Beach in the Wailea-Mākena area.
*This is an active response and further details will be posted when they become available.