Unidentified Object Closes Kua Bay

Officers from the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), along with staff from the DLNR Division of State Parks, closed the Kua Bay section of Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park today after an unidentified object was found in the water.

Kua Bay

State Parks Administrator Dan Quinn said, “High winter surf brings a lot of surfers to this park and we feel it is best to close the park and not allow surfers and others into the water, for their own safety, until we can identify this object.”

A U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) expert is planning to gather photographs of the object this afternoon in an effort to determine exactly what it is. A representative from the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) will accompany the EOD expert. The Navy is working closely with DLNR to assess the item and appropriate response actions.

The object is approximately two feet in diameter and is estimated to weigh 150 pounds. There has been a history of unexploded ordnance found in the waters of this region.

As soon as the object is positively identified and removed if necessary, staff from the DLNR Division of State Parks will determine when Kua Bay can be reopened.


My Friend Attempted to Save a Man From Dying at Kua Bay Today

My friend reported the following incident today at Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai:

Kua Bay

Around 2pm on the 16th I was snorkeling about a quarter mile north of Kua Bay and saw a white male floating face down near the shoreline.

After determining he had no pulse and that it was unsafe to bring him safely to the rocky shore break I swam him back to Kua Bay. The swim took around a half hour to my estimation.

There were two doctors sunbathing on the beach when I brought him in. 911 was immediately called and CPR was given to the man with no success for 30 minutes until the HFD arrived.

They were unable to revive the man as well and put him in an ambulance shortly after.  A bag was found nearby that contained a Hawaiian drivers license that identified him physically.

He was born in 1960, brown hair, medium height and build.

Two hours later HPD called and I gave this statement. At this current time, 32 hrs later, I am unable to find any public information concerning this tragedy.

Jeff McBride

DLNR Repairs at Kekaha Kai State Park Begin Monday

Starting Monday, April 8, 2013, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will begin repair work on the entry road to the Mahaiula section of Kekaha Kai State Park, necessitating weekday closures. This work is anticipated to take three to four weeks and will consist of pothole and sectional filling and laying compacted gravel on the roadway surface. This park section will be closed on weekdays from April 8 to May 3, 2013, but reopened on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) during this period.

Kekaha Kai

Starting in May, work will begin in the Maniniowali or Kua Bay section of the park. A new outdoor rinsing shower will be constructed, and waterline improvements made. The project is expected to be completed by July 2013 or sooner as conditions allow. This park section will be open but there will be construction activities near the parking area and the pathway leading to the beach. Appropriate safety barriers and practices will be implemented.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of visitors and residents using the park during this needed repair project. Kekaha Kai State Park provides unique recreational opportunities and is a popular destination for all users,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.

The contractor is George M. Oye, Inc., and the project cost is $188,000.

Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park is located on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Hwy. 19), 2.6 miles north of Keahole Airport. Separate 1.5 mile access roads from the highway lead to the Mahaiula (unpaved) and Maniniowali (Kua Bay) sections of the park. The Mahaiula section has a sandy beach and dune with opportunities for swimming and beach-related activities. A picnic area with tables is available. A 4.5-mile hike north through this wilderness park on the historic coastal trail, Ala Kahakai, leads to the Kua Bay section at the north end of park and beach-related activities. Midway, a hike to the summit of Puu Kuili, a 342-foot high cinder cone, offers an excellent view of the coastline. The park can be dry and hot, and is equipped with restrooms, picnic tables, and trash cans, but no drinking water. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.