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Hanauma Bay reopens after sewage problem fixed

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:24 p.m. HST, Jan 16, 2014

<br /><br />PHOTOS BY JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM<br />Police directed visitors away from Hanauma Bay yesterday after a free-diver discovered an algae-encrusted military canister, pictured below, floating in the water, prompting officials to close the marine preserve. The 3-foot-long object was later described by Hono­lulu Fire Department experts as a phosphorus container used by Navy pilots to mark objects in water with white smoke.<br />

The city reopened Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve this afternoon, about 90 minutes after a sewage backup that shut down restrooms there forced the facility's closure.

The nature preserve closed shortly before noon. About 1,000 people at the beach were being allowed to stay although vehicles were turned away at the entrance to the parking lot and lookout.

But a backup system has since come online and the attraction reopened about 1:30 p.m., city spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke said.

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