High levels of fecal matter detected at Ala Moana Beach Park
HONOLULU - Warning signs were up at Ala Moana Beach Park, but there were still paddleboarders and swimmers out in the water.
"I was watching people do lengths earlier, dogs playing in the water, people are just puttering around," said Sonja Moroz.
Moroz went swimming at the beach on Tuesday.
"That's not too nice to think about," said Moroz, laughing.
Hawaii Department of Health collected water samples Tuesday that showed high levels of bacteria at Ala Moana Beach Park. The amount of fecal matter was 8 times higher than the state's threshold.
The department posted signs at the beach on Wednesday after the results came in.
"It's a choice, if they want to go in, you know they can still go in, but we advise them to stay out of the water," said Alec Wong, Chief of the King Water Branch at the Department of Health.
State health officials strongly advise children, the elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system or open cuts to avoid exposure.
"If it is tested and high, then they should definitely have big flashy signs," said Sarah Duddy, a beach goer.
Many beach goers Island News spoke with at Ala Moana Beach Park believed the warning signs were too small.
"I, myself have a potentially compromised immune system, and it's very hard to go swimming without getting a little bit of water in your mouth or your nose, so absolutely I think they should do something about it," said Duddy.
Beach goers who spoke with Island News said after learning about the high bacteria levels-- they will all be vigilant.
"Luckily I didn't go in the water today, and I certainly won't be going in tomorrow," said Moroz.
State health officials will do another test at Ala Moana Beach Park on Thursday.