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Shark sighting shuts down Makena beaches

Three Makena beaches were closed for about two hours Wednesday afternoon after Ocean Safety officers at the first entrance of Oneloa, also known as Big Beach, spotted a 12- to 14-foot tiger shark, fire officials said Wednesday night.

The shark was spotted about 40 to 50 yards straight out from the tower. Immediately lifeguards got everyone out of the water across the whole beach, including Pu’u Ola’i, or Little Beach, and Oneuli, or Black Sand Beach.

Two officers with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement responded and assisted with the closure, fire officials said.

Shark sighting signs were posted across the beach.

The beaches were reopened at 3:15 p.m. after the two-hour minimum closure passed and there were no other sightings, fire officials said.

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