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88 stung at Hanauma Bay, more jellyfish reported in Waikiki, Ala Moana


    This file photo shows jellyfish warning signs at Waikiki Beach.

Lifeguards reported 88 jellyfish stings at Hanauma Bay this morning, including a female patient who was taken to the hospital by ambulance in stable condition.

Paramedics also treated a man for a sting at about 9 a.m., but he declined to be taken to the hospital, according to an Emergency Services Department spokeswoman.

The city closed the Hanauma Bay beach at about 10:30 a.m. because of the jellyfish influx.

It’s the second time this week that the beach at the popular snorkeling attraction was closed because of jellyfish.

An assessment will be done to see whether the beach can be reopened Thursday. The visitor’s center, parking lot and upper lookout remained open to the public.

The city closed the beach at Hanuma Bay on Monday when about 40 people reported stings. Hanuama Bay is normally closed on Tuesdays.

This month’s jellyfish influx has been unusually severe.

Lifeguards reported that 31 people reported jellyfish stings in Waikiki today. They counted more than 1,000 jellyfish at Ala Moana and Waikiki beaches.

On Tuesday, Lifeguards said that 120 beach-goers were stung in Waikiki and 3 others stung at Ala Moana Beach Park.

Lifeguards counted 1,060 jellyfish on the beach in Waiki, 241 at Ala Moana and 125 at Pokai Bay on the Leeward Coast.

Those beaches remained open, however lifeguards posted jellyfish warning signs and verbally warned beach-goers to stay out of the water.

Jellyfish tend to come ashore on Oahu about 10 days after a full moon

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