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How safe is the water in Hawaii you swim in?

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kawaikui Beach Park was one of the Oahu beaches that tested high for fecal indicator bacteria last year.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kawaikui Beach Park was one of the Oahu beaches that tested high for fecal indicator bacteria last year.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                People enjoyed the water Wednesday at Kawaikui Beach Park in Aina Haina.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    People enjoyed the water Wednesday at Kawaikui Beach Park in Aina Haina.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A culvert directs storm runoff into Kawaikui Beach Park in Aina Haina, contributing to pollution concerns. Elevated bacterial levels were found on three of the six occasions ocean water samples were taken at the beach last year.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A culvert directs storm runoff into Kawaikui Beach Park in Aina Haina, contributing to pollution concerns. Elevated bacterial levels were found on three of the six occasions ocean water samples were taken at the beach last year.

In Honolulu County, beach water quality exceeded the standard for enterococcus, the fecal indicator bacteria, on 4% of the days testing was performed, according to the “Safe for Swimming?” report by the nonprofits Environmental Action and Frontier Group. Read more

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