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Spikes in bacteria at Hawaii beaches raise concern

  • Video by Cindy Ellen Russell and Craig T. Kojima / crussell@staradvertiser.com and ckojima@staradvertiser.com

    Recent spikes in levels of bacteria at Hawaii beaches have raised public concern.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Surfrider Foundation’s Christina Comfort collected samples of ocean water at Puaena Point in Haleiwa on June 30 for bacterial lab testing. The results showed no enterococcus bacteria present.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Surfrider Foundation’s Christina Comfort collected samples of ocean water at Puaena Point in Haleiwa on June 30 for bacterial lab testing. The results showed no enterococcus bacteria present. This is one of the samples she collected at Puaena Point in Haleiwa.

In this summer of record heat and rain, such as the 4.2 inches that soaked Oahu on June 25 followed the next day by sewage spills and an islandwide brown-water advisory from the state Department of Health, beachgoers might want to do a water-quality check before diving in. Read more

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