A 16-year-old girl from Livermore, Calif. was reportedly bitten by a shark in waters off Kahana Beach Tuesday, according to Maui County fire officials.
It happened at the beach fronting the Hololani Resort just before 10 a.m.
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The girl told state crews that she was sitting in waters about 2-to-3-feet-deep with her father and she did not see anything before she was bit.
Her father was kneeling in the water next to her and felt something bump his lower back. The shark bit the teen shortly thereafter.
When crews arrived, they found the girl with a 4-to-5-inch tear on her left calf. Fire personnel provided medical treatment and dressed the wound. She was conscious and able to talk.
The family of the teen denied medical transport and took the girl with their own vehicle for treatment.
Those at the beach said the shark was about 5-feet-long. State officials said the injury appears to have been caused by a small reef shark of an unknown species. State officials said it was not a tiger shark.
Ocean Safety and the Department of Land and Natural Resources are treating this incident as a shark attack. The beach has been closed until 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and warning signs have been posted. Officials will reassess at that time whether to keep the beach closed or to reopen it to the public.