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                Public Communications Division
                            Department of Customer Services
                            City & County of Honolulu


May 7, 2002



            The City’s Ocean Safety Division is issuing a Box Jellyfish warning for

May 7, 2002  Waikiki waters continue to be affected but in smaller numbers than yesterday. There were no reports of box jellyfish sightings at Ala Moana Beach Park this morning, however there was one unconfirmed sting reported at Ala Moana this morning. Waikiki beach also had one confirmed sting and there were 42 jellyfish found in the pond areas on the ewa side of the Kapahulu groin. There will be signs posted in these areas.      

            Near-shore waters commonly affected are Ala Moana Beach Park swim channel and Waikiki Beach. Other near-shore waters that have been affected include Hanauma Bay, Pokai Bay and Makaha Surfing Beach.

            Lifeguards assess beaches for box jellyfish during the alert period. If box jellyfish are discovered warning signs are posted as warranted. 

 Persons stung by box jellyfish are advised to flush the sting area with copious amounts of white vinegar.  Anyone experiencing breathing difficulty, muscle cramps/spasms, and/or persistent pain are advised to seek immediate medical attention.  Lifeguard stations are supplied and equipped to treat this type of marine sting. 

For public information regarding ocean conditions, advisories, and warnings the Ocean Safety Division provides a pre-recorded report which can be accessed 24 hours a day; at 922-3888 x 51. 

Additional media advisories regarding box jellyfish will be disseminated as warranted. 

For further information contact:

            James Howe                                              Captain Edmund Pestana

Chief of Lifeguard Operations                Lifeguard Operations Center

922-3888                                                                                                                                        922-3888 ext. 25



Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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