Man Hospitalized After Hawaii Shark Attack

A 54-year-old man has been attacked by a shark while surfing at Kalama Beach Park on Maui.

Maui County spokeswoman Mahina Martin says the unidentified man was bitten Monday morning in the upper right thigh and the lower part of his right ankle.

The man was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center. His condition wasn't immediately available.

Martin says the shark is believed to have been a 6- to 8-foot sand shark.

In response to the shark attack that occurred shortly after 6 a.m., ocean use from the south end of Kamaole 1 Beach Park to Waiohuli Road in Kihei was closed to beachgoers until sunset.

County and state personnel will continue to patrol and monitor the shoreline and near shore waters throughout the day.