Update: Kahalu‘u Beach Park no longer has high levels of bacteria
Update on May 25, 2023: The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health has retested water samples at Kahaluʻu Beach Park in Kona and those results show that bacteria levels no longer exceed the threshold level.
Original post: The Hawai‘i State Department of Health is retesting Kahalu‘u Beach Park in Kona after high levels of bacteria were detected in the water.
Levels of 306 per 100 mL were detected during routine beach monitoring. The state department is uncertain about the representativeness of the first sample as this beach has historically met the acceptable beach threshold level, and there is no known source of fecal contamination.
The state health department has collected another sample and is retesting the site. More information will be provided after retesting is complete.