Warning signs removed after surfer reportedly bitten by shark off Lihue

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Warning signs along a two-mile stretch of Kalapaki Beach on Kauai’s southeastern shore have been taken down.

They were posted Wednesday after a surfer was reportedly bitten by a shark.

The surfer reported that he was paddling out at around 6 a.m. when a three- to four-foot shark bit him in the arm. He drove himself to the hospital with a single puncture wound, was treated and released.

Kalapaki Beach, which fronts the Marriott Hotel in Lihue, is not a lifeguard-protected beach.

Officers from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) posted signs to warn other ocean users about the incident and asked that they stay out of the water.

Subsequent searches showed no sign of sharks and the signs were taken down after noon Thursday.

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