Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hanauma Bay Closure in Hawaii Kai from - yes, Jellyfish

On Friday, park officials closed Hanauma Bay in Hawaii Kai from a high number of Portuguese Man-of-War on the beach and in near-shore waters. Lifeguards counted more than 2,000 Man-of-War in Hanauma Bay.

The monthly box jellyfish arrival, due today, is a different phenomenon. They arrive with the tides, about 10 days after every full moon. Jellyfish stings can be very painful, and for some, quite serious if you are allergic to the poison.

Hanauma Bay and Kailua Bay have both been closed in the past for jellyfish "invasions." Waikiki often posts warnings for beachgoers. So what do you do when you get stung? If lifeguards are present, they should have white vinegar to wash out the sting, otherwise you might have to get your own. Make sure you wash out the stinger with lots and lots of white vinegar. If the stinger has wrapped around your arm, don’t touch the stinger to rip it off. Instead, grab the jellyfish by the body and slowly unwrap it.

For information on ocean conditions, advisories, and warnings, the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division provides a recorded report at 922-3888, extension 51. People may also see conditions at

This just reminds me that we share our paradise with creatures that were here long before us and deserve our respect. They don't lessen the beauty of our islands, or the desirability of living here. Contact me for a relocation package.

Barbara Abe, Realtor

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