header information, most recent shark incidents

This list and the accompanying graphics do not include encounters in which a shark does not actually bite a person or board (e.g. person grazed by a shark), nor indicents classified by the International Shark Attack File as boat attacks, scavenge, or doubtful. A few incidents were possible shark bites, but shark involvement was not confirmed, and are noted as such. For more background information about close encounters between people and sharks click here.

2013

Date and time: Dec 11; 8:00 AM
Location: Hawaii, Punaluu, Ninole Bay, approx 20 yards from shore
Activity: Body boarding
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 10 ft
Victim: confidential
Lacerations to right knee and right hand. Tiger shark, length estimated at 10-12 feet.

Date and time: Dec 2; 10:20 AM
Location: Maui, Makena, approx 900 yards from shore
Activity: Kayak fishing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: est 100 ft
Victim: P. Briney
Fatal. Severe deep laceration and loss of tissue on right calf. Shark species and length uncertain.

Considered a provoked incident due to activity.

Date and time: Nov 29; 1:00 PM
Location: Maui, Kihei, Keawakapu, approx 30-40 yards from shore
Activity: Snorkeling
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 10-15 ft
Victim: confidential
Severe laceration to right inner calf, minor lacerations and puncture wounds to right shin and ankle. Shark species uncertain, length estimated by victim at 5-6 feet.

Date and time: Oct 31; 3:20 PM
Location: Maui, Kanaha, Ka'a Point, approx 750 yards from shore
Activity: Kite surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 15-20 ft
Victim: confidential
Deep laceration to lower right calf, smaller lacerations to right ankle. Shark species and length uncertain.

Date and time: Oct 23; 3:55 PM
Location: Maui, Waiehu, Ka'ehu Bay, approx 170 yards from shore
Activity: Swimming
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 10 ft
Victim: S. Mills
Shallow lacerations to left lower torso and upper thigh. Initial description consistent with whitetip reef shark, length estimated at 4-6 feet.

Date and time: Oct 20; 11:00 AM
Location: Kauai, Pila'a Beach, approx 200 yards from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: est 20 ft
Victim: J. Horton
No injurty; shark bit side of board. Tiger shark, length estimated at 12 ft.

Date and time: Aug 18; 1:30 PM
Location: Hawaii, Puna, Pohoiki, approx 50 yards from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: est 20 ft
Victim: J. Napeahi
Lacerations to upper thighs. Tiger shark, length estimated at 8-10 ft.

Date and time: Aug 14; 4:30 PM
Location: Maui, Makena, Palauea, approx 50 yards from shore
Activity: Snorkeling
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: uncertain
Victim: J. Lutteropp
Fatal. Loss of right arm below shoulder, lacerations to right foot. Shark species and length uncertain.

Date and time: Jul 31; 8:15 AM
Location: Maui, Wailea, Ulua Beach, approx 125 yards from shore
Activity: Snorkeling
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 10 ft
Victim: E. Cashman
Puncture wounds to both surfaces of right side of torso and lacerations to right hand. Shark species and length uncertain
.

Date and time: Jul 29; 2:00 PM
Location: Oahu, Kalaeloa, White Plains Beach, approx 20 yards from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 10 ft
Victim: K. Gatewood
Lacerations to left leg. Tiger shark, length estimated at 8-10 feet
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Date and time: Jun 18; 12:50 PM
Location: Hawaii, Kekaha Kai, Mahaiula Bay, approx 100 yards from shore
Activity: Swimming
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: est 10 ft
Victim: J. Kerrigan
Lacerations to right leg. Tiger shark, length estimated at 12 feet.

Date and time: Apr 2; 8:20 AM
Location: Maui, Ka'anapali, Honokowai, approx 100 yards from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: est 6 ft
Victim: confidential
Lacerations to right leg. Reef shark, species and length unknown
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Date and time: Feb 21; 6:00 PM
Location: Maui, Paia Bay, approx 75 yards from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Muddy
Water depth: est 5-8 ft
Victim: J. Lansky
No injury. Shark bit rail of foam surfboard. Reef shark, species unknown, length estimated at 6 feet.

Date and time: Jan 16; 4:30 PM
Location: Hawaii, Kiholo Bay, approx 200 yards from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 10 ft
Victim: P. Santos
Severe lacerations to right forearm, superficial laceration to lower right leg. Tiger shark, length estimated at 12 feet.

2012

Date and time: Dec 5; 1:20 PM
Location: Kauai, Pakala
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: unknown
Water depth: unknown
Victim: confidential
Injuries to left foot. Shark species unknown, length estimated at 10 feet.

Date and time: Nov 30; 9:40 AM
Location: Maui, Kihei, Kalama, approx 500 yards from shore
Activity: Snorkeling
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 20 ft
Victim: T. Kennedy
Lacerations to lower left leg and foot. Tiger shark, length estimated at 10 feet.

Date and time: Nov 4; 8:00 AM
Location: Kauai, Kekaha, Davidsons, approx 150 yards from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 8 ft
Victim: confidential
No injury. Shark bit tail of board. Tiger shark, length estimated at 10 feet.

Date and time: Nov 4; 8:00 AM
Location: Maui, Waiehu, approx 500 yards from shore
Activity: Spearfishing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 10-15 ft
Victim: M. Riglos
Severe lacerations to right leg above ankle, also resulting in broken bones. Tiger shark, length estimated at 12-15 feet.
Considered unprovoked because no fish had been speared, and no attractant was in water.

Date and time: Oct 27; 3:45 PM
Location: Maui, Makena Landing, approx 15 yards from shore
Activity: Snorkeling
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: est 12 ft
Victim: M. Haugen
Lacerations to upper right thigh; defensive lacerations to right hand. Tiger shark, length estimated at 12 feet.

Date and time: Oct 18; 7:30 AM
Location: Maui, Kahului, Kanaha, approx 300 yards from shore
Activity: Stand-up paddleboarding
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: est 6 ft
Victim: D. Peterson
No injury. Shark bit side of board. Tiger shark, length estimated at 10-12 feet.

Date and time: Sep 2; 12:00 PM
Location: Maui, Spreckelsville, Baldwin, approx 800 yards from shore
Activity: Spearfishing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 25-30 ft
Victim: M. Malabon
Minor laceration to hand. Tiger shark, length estimated at 10-12 feet.

Considered a provoked incident due to activity.

Date and time: Jul 30; 4:35 PM
Location: Kauai, Poipu, Maha'ulepu; approx 100 yards from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 6-8 ft
Victim: S. Stotts
Laceration and puncture wounds to left foot. Relatively small carcharhinid shark, species and length unknown.

Date and time: Jun 26; 10:00 AM
Location: Maui, Kahana; approx 3 yards from shore
Activity: Swimming
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 2-3 ft
Victim: S. St. Claire
Laceration and puncture wounds to left calf. Small reef shark, species unknown.

Date and time: Apr 3; 12:30 PM
Location: Oahu, Kapaeloa, Alligators; approx 30-45 yards from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 35-40 ft
Victim: J. Holley
Lacerations to left foot. Tiger shark, length estimated at 10 feet.

Date and time: Jan 27; 11:05 AM
Location: Lanai, Keomuku; approx 500 yards from shore
Activity: Snorkeling
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: est 30-45 ft
Victim: J. Graden
No injury. Shark bit end of fin. Shark's length estimated at 6-8 feet, species unknown.

2011

Date and time: Sep 4; 11:30 AM
Location: O'ahu, Kalaeloa, Nimitz Beach; approx 30 yards from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 6 ft
Victim: M. Felipe
No injury. Shark bit tail of board. Tiger shark, length estimated at 10 feet.

Date and time: May 25; 1:15 PM
Location: Hawai'i, Kailua-Kona, Lyman Beach; approx 10 yards from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 10 ft
Victim: T. Fernandez
No injury. Shark bit tail of board. Tiger shark, length estimated at 10 feet.

Date and time: May 22; 11:15 AM
Location: Hawai'i, Kailua-Kona, Lyman Beach; approx 10 yards from shore
Activity: Stand-up paddleboarding
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: 8-10 ft
Victim: A. DeBina
No injury. Shark knocked victim and child off board, then bit side of board. Tiger shark, length estimated at 10 feet.

2010

Date and time: Dec 26; 3:30 PM
Location: Maui, Kahului Harbor, Trenches; approx 300 yds from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: 10-15 ft
Victim: V. Stover-French
Lacerations to left shin and foot. Wounds consistent with tiger shark, length estimated at 8-10 feet.

Date and time: Dec 12; 1:50 PM
Location: Maui, Pa‘ia, Mantokuji Bay; approx 75 yds from shore
Activity: Swimming
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: 10-15 ft
Victim: Anonymous
Lacerations to right foot. Wounds consistent with small reef shark, species and length uncertain.

Date and time: Apr 19; 4:00 PM
Location: Kaua'i, Hanalei Bay; approx 400 yds from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: est 8 ft
Victim: J. Rawlinson
No injury. Shark bit off section of surfboard, left side of tail. Description consistent with tiger shark, length uncertain.

2009

Date and time: Oct 19; 6:00 AM
Location: Maui, Kihei, Kalama; approx 300 yds from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 6 ft
Victim: S. Henrich
Lacerations to right leg from thigh to ankle. Tooth impressions on surfboard consistent with tiger shark, length uncertain.

Date and time: Aug 6; 8:45 AM
Location: Hawai‘i, Ka‘u, Kawa; approx 50 yds from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: 6-8 ft
Victim: D. Crawford
No injury. Shark bit off section of surfboard, left side of nose. Description and tooth impressions consistent with tiger shark, length uncertain.

Date and time: Mar 16; 8:03 PM
Location: Hawai‘i, approx 10 miles northwest of ‘Upolu Pt
Activity: Swimming
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: over 2,000 ft
Victim: M. Spalding
Bitten on lower chest and left calf. First documented and confirmed bite by a cookiecutter shark on a live human.

2008

Date and time: Sep 9; 4:30 PM
Location: O‘ahu, Ka‘a‘awa, Makaua; approx 500 yds from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 10 ft
Victim: T. Murashige
Bitten on right thigh and ankle. Description consistent with tiger shark, length uncertain.

Date and time: Jul 26; 3:30 PM
Location: Maui, Ka‘anapali, Honokowai; approx 10 yds from shore
Activity: Swimming - wading
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 3 ft
Victim: U. Mataafa
Lacerations to left calf. Small blacktip reef shark seen by spearfishers in immediate area just prior to incident
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Not confirmed as shark bite, so not included in accompanying graphics.

Note: An incident at Lahilahi, Makaha, Oahu, on July 25, 2008 was initially reported as a shark bite. However, the wound characteristics were determined to be inconsistent with a shark bite, based on analysis by the International Shark Attack File.

2007

Date and time: Dec 10; 11:00 AM
Location: O‘ahu, Haleiwa, Kaiaka "Walls"; approx 200 yds from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 8-10 ft
Victim: T. Ramirez
No injury. Shark bit tail of surfboard after apparently becoming caught in leash. Tooth impressions consistent with tiger shark, length estimated at 6-8 feet. Considered a provoked incident due to the interaction with the leash.

Date and time: Oct 29; 3:30 PM
Location: Maui, Kihei, Keawakapu; approx 30 yds from shore
Activity: Swimming
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 25 ft
Victim: A. Finley
Laceration to left calf. Shark not seen well enough to identify species or estimate length.

Date and time: Aug 28; 4:30 PM
Location: O‘ahu, Ka‘a‘awa, Makaua; approx 400 yds from shore
Activity: Body boarding
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 10-15 ft
Victim: J. Sumait
Laceration to heel of right foot. Identified as tiger shark, length estimated at 10-12 feet.

Date and time: Jul 19; 3:00 PM
Location: O‘ahu, Waimanalo, Bellows; approx 150 yds from shore
Activity: Snorkeling
Water donditions: Clear
Water depth: est 8-10 ft
Victim: H. Miller
Severely bitten on left knee and calf. Description consistent with tiger shark, length estimated at 8 feet.

Date and time: Jun 24; 7:05 AM
Location: O‘ahu, Mokuleia, Silva's Channel; approx 50 yds from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: est 5-10 ft at channel's edge
Victim: E. Yamada
No injury. Shark bit right side of surfboard as victim was paddling. Tooth impressions consistent with tiger shark, length uncertain.

Date and time: May 7; 8:00 AM
Location: Maui, Wailea, Keawakapu Beach; approx 25 yds from shore
Activity: Snorkeling
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: 10-14 ft
Victim: P. Marion
Bitten on right foot and calf. Shark not seen well enough to identify species.

Date and time: Jan 5; 11:00 AM
Location: Kaua‘i, Mana, Waiokapua Bay; approx 50 yds from shore
Activity:
Surfing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: 5-6 ft
Victim:
R. Read
No injury. Shark bit right side of surfboard as victim was sitting on board. Description and tooth impressions consistent with tiger shark, length estimated at 8-10 feet.

2006

Date and time: Nov 11; 1:00 PM
Location:
Maui, Kihei, Kama‘ole; approx 10 yds from shore
Activity: Swimming
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: 20 ft
Victim: K. Gruen
Bitten on left thigh and hand. Shark's length estimated at 8-10 feet.

Date and time: May 31; 1:30 PM
Location: O‘ahu,
Kapaeloa, "Marijuanas"; approx 150 yds from shore
Activity: Spearfishing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: 25-30 ft
Victim: R. Deguilmo
Bitten on left forearm. Description consistent with tiger shark, length estimated at 8-10 feet.
Considered a provoked incident due to activity.

Date and time: May 24; 4:30 PM
Location: Lana'i, Club Lana'i

Activity: Spearfishing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: 10-15 ft
Victim:
A. Balmaceda
Bitten on left
knee after poking shark with spear. Description consistent with gray reef shark, length 3 feet.
Considered a provoked inc
ident for obvious reasons.

Date and time: March 23 ; 11:30 AM
Location:
O‘ahu, Kapaeloa, "Leftovers"; approx 130 yds from shore
Activity:
Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth:
est 6 ft
Victim:
E. Dunn
Puncture wounds to left calf. Description consistent with tiger shark, length estimated at 10 feet.

Date and time: February 27; 4:30 PM
Location: Maui,
Makena, Oneloa Beach; approx 10 yds from shore
Activity:
Wading
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth:
2-3 ft
Victim:
N. Raleigh
Multiple wounds to right leg. Shark described as uniform gray coloration, length estimated at about 8 feet; bite marks not consistent with tiger shark.

2005

Date and time: December 21; 11:30 AM
Location: Maui,
Keawakapu; 200-400 yds from shore
Activity:
Swimming
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth:
est 30 ft
Victim:
J. Genant
Loss of top part of ring finger and all of small finger of left hand. Description consistent with tiger shark, length estimated at more than 8 feet.

Date and time: October 13; 6:00 PM
Location: Maui, Honok
owai; 100 yds from shore
Activity:
Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth:
est 10-20 ft
Victim:
C. Sado
No injury. Shark bit surfboard. Description and tooth impressions consistent with tiger shark, length estimated at less than 10 feet.

Date and time: May 2; 10:30 am
Location: Maui, Pa‘ia, Ku‘au; 70 yds from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth:
est 6 ft
Victim: S. Hoyt
No injury
. Shark bit surfboard rail. Tooth impressions consistent with tiger shark.

Date and time: February 16; 2:30 pm
Location: O‘ahu, Sunset Beach, Rocky Point; 40 yds from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth:
est 10 ft
Victim: G. Long
No injury
. Shark bit board from below with considerable force. Shark's length estimated at 8 feet.

2004

Date and time: October 9; 12:30 pm
Location: Moloka‘i, Puko‘o, Kupeke; 400 yds from shore
Activity: Spearfishing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth:
est 4-5 ft
Victim: D. Sanada
Lacerations to left side of face and tissue loss from left shoulder when bit by what victim described as tiger shark, length 8 feet or longer
.
Considered a provoked incident due to activity.

Date and time: April 7; 7:13 am
Location: Maui, Kahana, Pohaku; 100 yds from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 10 ft
Victim: W. McInnis
Fatal. Severe wound to right leg involving thigh and calf. Injuries consistent with tiger shark bite.

Date and time: March 24; 10:00 am
Location: Hawai‘i, Punalu‘u; 10 ft from shore
Activity: Snorkeling
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 6 ft
Victim: C. Mooney
Lacerations to left foot when bit by shark estimated at 6 feet. Shark described as having dark brown spots on dorsal surface.

Date and time: March 16; 7:45 am
Location: Kaua‘i, Kalihiwai; 75 ft from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: est 10 ft
Victim: B. Orth
No injury; bite marks in surfboard.  Shark described as dark gray, length estimated at 6-8 feet.

2003

Date and time: October 31; 7:30 am
Location: Kaua‘i, Ha‘ena, Tunnels; 350-500 yds from shore
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: est 4-5 ft dropping to 20 ft at reef edge
Victim: B. Hamilton
Loss of left arm below shoulder. Evidence from surfboard consistent with tiger shark, length estimated at 14 feet or more.

Date and time: October 5; 12:55 pm
Location: Maui, Kihei, Kalama; 10 yds from shore
Activity: Wading near unattended gill net
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: 4-5 ft
Victim: C. Alo
Bitten on left thigh, right knee, and right index finger. Gray
-colored shark, estimated at 4-5 feet.

Date and time: June 24; 8:00 am
Location: O‘ahu, Makua; 75 yds from shore
Activity: Snorkeling with dolphins
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: More than 50 ft
Victim: J. Marrack
Bitten on right foot. Shark estimated at 12-14 feet by witness.

Date and time: May 10; 12:45 pm
Location: Hawai‘i, Kahalu‘u; 5 ft from shore
Activity: Swimming
Water clarity: Calm
Water depth: 8 ft
Victim: K. Paulo
Bitten on right lower calf, ankle, and foot. Gray
-colored shark with rounded snout, estimated at 6 feet .

2002

Date and time: November 17; 10:45 AM
Location: Maui, Honokowai; 100 yds from shore
Activity: Swimming
Water clarity: Slightly turbid
Water depth: 6 ft
Victim: J. Glance
Bitten on right shoulder and forearm. Gray-colored shark, estimated at 8-10 feet.

Date and time: October 30; 11:00 am
Location: Maui, Kihei, Kama‘ole I; 20 yds from shore
Activity: Swimming
Water clarity: Semi-turbid outside surf break
Water depth: 7-10 ft
Victim: K. Miller
Bitten on left foot by what appeared to be a small shark, based on wounds.

Date and time: September 27; 3:35 pm
Location: O‘ahu, Kahala, 100 ft beyond reef crest
Activity: Fishing from surfboard
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: 25 ft
Victim: A. Lum
No injury; shark came from side and bit rail of surfboard as fisher pushed board into underside of approaching shark's snout. Description and tooth impressions consistent with tiger shark, length estimated at 8-10 feet.
Considered a provoked incident due to activity
.

Date and time: September 16; 7:50 am
Location: Kaua‘i, Princeville, Hideaways Beach
Activity: Body boarding
Water clarity: Clear
Victim: Anonymous
No injury. Shark fin seen just before body board ripped away and dragged out to sea.
Not confirmed as shark bite, so not included in accompanying graphics.

Date and time: August 28; 3:45 pm
Location: O‘ahu, Kewalo; harbor channel 4-5 ft from reef edge
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: 20 ft
Victim: S. Farden
Bitten on left foot while duck-diving under wave; shark grabbed tail of board and shook laterally. Shark believed to be 8-10 foot tiger shark.

Date and time: June 11; 1:45 pm
Location: Kaua‘i, Anini Beach; 100 yds from shore
Activity: Surfing
Victim: C. Levin
No injury. Shark came from behind and bit side of surfboard as victim was sitting on board. Markings seen on shark’s body consistent with tiger shark, length estimated 8-9 feet.

Date and time: March 25; 12:00 noon
Location: Kaua‘i, Brennecke's Beach; 30-50 yds from shore
Activity: Body boarding
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: 6-8 ft
Victim: H. Aki
Severely bitten on lower left leg; left foot lost above ankle.

Date and time: January 1; 1:00 pm
Location: Maui, Olowalu; 100 yds from shore
Activity: Snorkeling
Water clarity: Clear
Water depth: 20-40 ft
Victim: T. Holmes
Bitten on buttocks. Tiger shark observed prior to and following contact with victim.

2001

Date and time: November 14; 5:00 pm
Location: Maui, Kapalua
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Clea
r
Water depth: 5-6 ft
Victim: M. Schweitzer
No injury. Portion of board's lower surface removed.

Date and time: April 11; 7:00 am
Location: O‘ahu, Ewa Beach
Activity: Surfing
Water clarity: Turbid
Water depth: 10 ft
Victim: G. Dano
Bitten on left hand. Description consistent with whitetip reef shark, length estimated at 2.5-3 feet. Large number of small fish seen in area.

Date and time: March 23; 2:40 pm
Location: O‘ahu, Sandy Beach; 30-40 yds offschore
Activity: Body boarding
Water clarity: Breaking waves
Water depth: 6-8 ft
Victim: M. Mendez
Bitten on left hand. Portion of body board's left front corner removed.
Tooth impressions consistent with small (5-foot range) reef shark, not tiger shark.