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Elevated bacteria levels detected off section of Waikiki Beach

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    Waikiki Beach in front of the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel area, as seen on Jan. 6.

The Department of Health has posted advisory signs to notify the public of high levels of enterococci at a section of Waikiki Beach.

Water samples collected Monday morning in waters fronting the Moana Surfrider indicate elevated levels of enterococci at 150 colony forming units per 100 milliliters, exceeding the recreational water quality standard of 130 cfu per 100 milliliters.

Runoff from Saturday’s thunderstorm is believed to be the cause of the high count, said Stuart Yamada, chief of the Environmental Management Division.

Officials warn the public that contact with the water may cause nausea, stomach pains, diarrhea or fever. It also may cause infection to the eyes, ears, nose and throat.

Yamada said advisory signs will remain posted until water samples no longer exceed the water quality standard.

The Clean Water Branch is expected to return to the beach today to collect water samples. “It takes at least 24 hours to get a sample result,” he said.

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  • This is what happens when you have total incompetents running the state. Local politicians have sold-out the taxpayers. They’re dumping raw sewage into the ocean, and have been for decades, but you keep electing the folks. Pretty soon, Ohau will be so overbuilt, you won’t be able to drive, or drink the water.

  • This is what happens when you have total incompetents running the state. Local politicians have sold-out the taxpayers. They’re dumping raw sewage into the ocean, and have been for decades, but you keep electing the folks. Pretty soon, Oahu will be so overbuilt, you won’t be able to drive, or drink the water.

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