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Brown water advisory issued for north and west shores

High surf bringing in debris has triggered a brown water advisory for the north and west shores of Maui from Kahekili to Hookipa, the state Department of Health said Friday afternoon.

The department said that “extremely high surf” of 18 to 24 feet has resulted in debris entering coastal waters.

The public is advised to stay out of the brown ocean water due to possible contact with sewers, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens and chemicals.

Not all coastal areas may be impacted by the high surf. However, if the water is brown, beachgoers should stay out. The department also advised the public to continue to practice good personal hygiene and follow up with primary care physicians if health concerns arise.