Incidents List

This list and the accompanying graphics do not include encounters in which a shark does not actually bite a person or board (e.g. person grazed by a shark), nor incidents classified by the International Shark Attack File as boat attacks, scavenge, or doubtful. A few incidents were possible shark bites, but shark involvement was not confirmed, and are noted as such.

All shark lengths are estimates. Type of shark is named only if established by evidence and/or witnesses. “Reef shark” refers to  an unidentified carcharhinid species, but specifically excludes tiger sharks.

Incidents are added to this after the Division of Aquatic Resources has completed its own investigation.

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Date and Time
Location
Activity
Water Clarity
Water Depth
Victim
Description
Shark
2016/05/03, 3:50 pm Maui, Wailea Beach, 30-50 yds from shore Floating Turbid 10-15 ft Confidential

Minor lacerations to right shoulder.

Species and length unknown.
2016/03/31, 11:00 am Maui, Olowalu, 400-450 yds from shore Snorkeling Turbid 15-20 ft J. Orr

Minor laceration to left foot.

Tiger shark, length 8 feet.
2016/01/28, 2:00 pm Kaua‘i, Hanalei Bay, Black Pot, approx 120 yds from shore Surfing Clear 5-10 ft Confidential

Lacerations to both hands.

Reef shark, species unknown, length 5 feet.
2016/01/23, 10:30 am Maui, Wailea Beach Point, 150-200 yds from shore Stand-up paddleboarding Clear est 30 ft M. Mason

No injury; shark bit tail of SUP.

Tiger shark, length 10-12 feet.
2015/12/22, 8:30 am Hawai‘i, Kailua-Kona, Pahoehoe Beach, approx 600 yds from shore Stand-up paddleboarding Clear unknown R. Ford

No injury; shark bit tail of SUP.

Species unknown, length 9 feet.
2015/11/03, 10:30 am Hawai‘i, Puna, Kehena Beach, 100-150 yds from shore Swimming Turbid unknown P. O'Leary

Lacerations to right foot.

Species and length unknown.
2015/10/31, 3:30 pm Lāna‘i, Po‘aīwa Beach, approx 300 yds from shore Spearfishing Turbid est 25 ft Confidential

No injury; shark bit weight belt. Considered a provoked incident due to activity.

Tiger shark, length 10-12 feet.
2015/10/28, 2:50 p.m. O‘ahu, Mahaka Beach, approx 50-60 yds from shore Body boarding Turbid est 20 ft R. Senensi

Lacerations and puncture wounds to right leg.

Tiger shark, length estimated at 10 feet.
2015/10/17, 11:20 am O‘ahu, Kailua, Lanikai, approx 600 yds from shore Swimming Turbid est 6-10 ft A. Lee

Severe injuries to both lower legs.

Tiger shark, length 10-12 feet.
2015/10/09, 10:00 am O‘ahu, Kawailoa, "Leftovers"; 150-200 yds from shore Surfing Clear 6-10 ft C. Cook

Severely bitten on left leg; loss of leg at knee; lacerations to both hands.

Tiger shark, length 10-12 feet.
2015/09/20, 3:30 pm Hawai‘i, North Kohala, ‘Upolu Point, 60 yards from shore Spearfishing Turbid est 25 ft B. Rocha

Extensive lacerations to left leg above and below knee. Considered a provoked incident due to activity.

Tiger shark, length estimated at 13 feet.
2015/04/29, est. 8:30 am Maui, ‘Ahihi Bay, Kanahena Point, approx 200 yards from shore Snorkeling Turbid 20-35 ft M. Cruse

Fatal. Severe deep lacerations to right shoulder and underarm; minor lacerations to right arm and right side of face.

Species and length unknown.
2015/03/18, 11:30 am Hawai‘i, South Kohala, Hāpuna Beach, 20 yards from shore Standing Turbid 4-5 feet K. Grasing

Extensive laceration to left forearm; lacerations to left hand and thigh.

Tiger shark, length estimated at 8-10 feet.
2015/01/27, 3:30 am Maui, Pali scenic lookout Fishing Turbid on shore M. Pollard

Lacerations to left calf. Considered a provoked incident due to activity.

Reef shark, species unknown, length 4 feet.
2014/11/13, 1:30 pm Maui, Kā‘anapali, Kahekili Beach Park, 100 yards from shore Snorkeling Clear 20 ft A. Haas

Laceration to upper left leg.

Species and length unknown.
2014/10/31, 10:20 am Hawai‘i, Kohala, Keawa‘eli Bay, 150 yards from shore Surfing Turbid 10 ft M. Clark

Lacerations to three fingers of left hand.

Tiger shark, length estimated at 12 feet.
2014/10/22, 10:00 am Maui, Kīhei, Waipu‘ilani Park, 200 yards from shore Stand-up paddleboarding Turbid 5-8 ft K. Lawrence

No injury; shark bit tail of board.

Tiger shark, length uncertain.
2014/10/20, 8:00 am Maui, Kahului Harbor, 50 yards from shore Stand-up paddleboarding Turbid 5-8 ft Confidential

No injury; shark bit board.

Species and length unknown.
2014/10/18, 11:15 am Maui, Mā‘alaea, 100 yards from shore Surfing Muddy 5-8 ft K. Roberson

No injury; shark bit side of board.

Tiger shark, length uncertain.
2014/07/16, 5:20 pm Maui, Pā‘ia Bay, 200-250 yards from shore Swimming Clear 15-20 ft Confidential

Lacerations to left foot.

Reef shark, species unknown, length 6-7 feet.
2013/12/11, 8:00 am Hawai‘i, Punalu‘u, Nīnole Bay, approx 20 yards from shore Body boarding Turbid est 10 ft Confidential

Lacerations to right knee and right hand.

Tiger shark, length 10-12 feet.
2013/12/02, 10:20 am Maui, Mākena, approx 900 yards from shore Fishing from kayak Clear est 100 ft P. Briney

Fatal. Severe deep laceration and loss of tissue on right calf. Considered a provoked incident due to activity.

Species and length unknown.
2013/11/29, 1:00 pm Maui, Kīhei, Keawakapu, approx 30-40 yards from shore Snorkeling Turbid est 10-15 ft Confidential

Extensive laceration to right inner calf, minor lacerations and puncture wounds to right shin and ankle.

Species and length unknown.
2013/10/31, 3:20 pm Maui, Kanahā, Ka‘a Point, approx 750 yards from shore Surfing - kite Turbid est 15-20 ft Confidential

Deep laceration to lower right calf, smaller lacerations to right ankle. 10-15 foot tiger shark seen in area.

Species and length unknown.
2013/10/23, 3:55 pm Maui, Waiehu, Ka‘ehu Bay, approx 170 yards from shore Swimming Turbid est 10 ft S. Mills

Shallow lacerations to left lower torso and upper thigh.

Whitetip reef shark, length 4-6 feet.
2013/10/20, 11:00 am Kaua‘i, Pīla‘a Beach, approx 200 yards from shore Surfing Clear est 20 ft J. Horton

No injury; shark bit side of board.

Tiger shark, length 12 feet.
2013/08/18, 1:30 pm Hawai‘i, Puna, Pohoiki, approx 50 yards from shore Surfing Clear est 20 ft J. Napeahi

Lacerations to upper thighs.

Tiger shark, length 8-10 feet.
2013/08/14, 4:30 pm Maui, Mākena, Palauea, approx 50 yards from shore Snorkeling Turbid est 12-15 ft J. Lutteropp

Fatal. Loss of right arm below shoulder, lacerations to right foot.

Species and length unknown.
2013/07/31, 8:15 am Maui, Wailea, Ulua Beach, approx 125 yards from shore Snorkeling Turbid est 10 ft E. Cashman

Puncture wounds to both surfaces of right side of torso and lacerations to right hand.

Species and length unknown.
2013/07/29, 2:00 pm O‘ahu, Kalaeloa, White Plains Beach, approx 20 yards from shore Surfing Turbid est 10 ft K. Gatewood

Lacerations to left leg.

Tiger shark, length 8-10 feet.
2013/06/18, 12:50 pm Hawai‘i, Kekaha Kai, Mahai‘ula Bay, approx 100 yards from shore Swimming Clear est 10 ft J. Kerrigan

Lacerations to right leg.

Tiger shark, length 12 feet.
2013/04/02, 8:20 am Maui, Kā‘anapali, Honokowai, approx 100 yards from shore Surfing Clear est 6 ft Confidential

Lacerations to right leg.

Species and length unknown.
2013/02/21, 6:00 pm Maui, Pā‘ia Bay, approx 75 yards from shore Surfing Muddy est 5-8 ft J. Lansky

No injury. Shark bit rail of foam surfboard.

Reef shark, species unknown, length 6 feet.
2013/01/16, 4:30 pm Hawai‘i, Kīholo Bay, approx 200 yards from shore Surfing Turbid est 10 ft P. Santos

Severe lacerations to right forearm, superficial laceration to lower right leg.

Tiger shark, length 12 feet.
2012/12/05, 1:20 pm Kaua‘i, Pākalā Surfing Unknown Unknown Confidential

Injuries to left foot.

Species unknown, length 10 feet.
2012/11/30, 9:40 am Maui, Kīhei, Kalama, approx 500 yards from shore Snorkeling Turbid est 20 ft T. Kennedy

Lacerations to lower left leg and foot.

Tiger shark, length 10 feet.
2012/11/04, 8:00 am Maui, Waiehu, approx 500 yards from shore Spearfishing Turbid est 10-15 ft M. Riglos

Severe lacerations to right leg above ankle, also resulting in broken bones. Considered unprovoked because no fish had been speared, and no attractant was in water.

Tiger shark, length estimated at 12-15 feet.
2012/11/04, 8:00 am Kaua‘i, Kekaha, Davidsons, approx 150 yards from shore Surfing Turbid est 8 ft Confidential

No injury. Shark bit tail of board.

Tiger shark, length estimated at 10 feet.
2012/10/27, 3:45 pm Maui, Mākena Landing, approx 15 yards from shore Snorkeling Clear est 12 ft M. Haugen

Lacerations to upper right thigh; defensive lacerations to right hand.

Tiger shark, length 12 feet.
2012/10/18, 7:30 am Maui, Kahului, Kanahā, approx 300 yards from shore Stand-up paddleboarding Clear est 6 ft D. Peterson

No injury. Shark bit side of board.

Tiger shark, length 10-12 feet.
2012/09/02, 12:00 pm Maui, Spreckelsville, Baldwin, approx 800 yards from shore Spearfishing Turbid est 25-30 ft M. Malabon

Minor laceration to hand. Considered a provoked incident due to activity.

Tiger shark, length 10-12 feet.
2012/07/30, 4:35 pm Kaua‘i, Po‘ipū, Maha'ulepu; approx 100 yards from shore Surfing Turbid est 6-8 ft S. Stotts

Laceration and puncture wounds to left foot.

Species and length unknown.
2012/06/26, 10:00 am Maui, Kahana; approx 3 yards from shore Swimming Turbid est 2-3 ft S. St. Claire

Laceration and puncture wounds to left calf.

Reef shark, small, species unknown.
2012/04/03, 12:30 pm O‘ahu, Kawailoa, Alligators; approx 30-45 yards from shore Surfing Turbid est 35-40 ft J. Holley

Lacerations to left foot.

Tiger shark, length 10 feet.
2012/01/27, 11:05 am Lāna‘i, Keōmuku; approx 500 yards from shore Snorkeling Clear est 30-45 ft J. Graden

No injury. Shark bit end of fin.

Species unknown, length 6-8 feet.
2011/09/04, 11:30 am O‘ahu, Kalaeloa, Nimitz Beach; approx 30 yards from shore Surfing Turbid est 6 ft M. Felipe

No injury. Shark bit tail of board.

Tiger shark, length 10 feet.
2011/05/25, 1:15 pm Hawai‘i, Kailua-Kona, Lyman Beach; approx 10 yards from shore Surfing Turbid est 10 ft T. Fernandez

No injury. Shark bit tail of board.

Tiger shark, length 10 feet.
2011/05/22, 11:15 am Hawai‘i, Kailua-Kona, Lyman Beach; approx 10 yards from shore Stand-up paddleboarding Clear 8-10 ft A. DeBina

No injury. Shark knocked victim and child off board, then bit side of board.

Tiger shark, length 10 feet.
2010/12/26, 3:30 pm Maui, Kahului Harbor, Trenches; approx 300 yds from shore Surfing Clear 10-15 ft V. Stover-French

Lacerations to left shin and foot.

Tiger shark, length 8-10 feet.
2010/12/12, 1:50 pm Maui, Pā‘ia, Mantokuji Bay; approx 75 yds from shore Swimming Turbid 10-15 ft Confidential

Lacerations to right foot.

Reef shark, small, species unknown.
2010/04/19, 4:00 pm Kaua‘i, Hanalei Bay; approx 400 yds from shore Surfing Clear est 8 ft J. Rawlinson

No injury. Shark bit off section of surfboard, left side of tail.

Tiger shark, length unknown.
2009/10/19, 6:00 am Maui, Kīhei, Kalama; approx 300 yds from shore Surfing Turbid est 6 ft S. Henrich

Lacerations to right leg from thigh to ankle.

Tiger shark, length unknown.
2009/08/06, 8:45 am Hawai‘i, Ka‘ū, Kāwā; approx 50 yds from shore Surfing Turbid 6-8 ft D. Crawford

No injury. Shark bit off section of surfboard, left side of nose.

Tiger shark, length 8-10 feet.
2009/03/16, 8:03 pm Hawai‘i, approx 10 miles northwest of ‘Upolu Pt Swimming Clear over 2,000 ft M. Spalding

Bitten on lower chest and left calf. First documented and confirmed bite by a cookiecutter shark on a live human.

Cookiecutter shark, length unknown.
2008/09/09, 4:30 pm O‘ahu, Ka‘a‘awa, Makaua; approx 500 yds from shore Surfing Turbid est 10 ft T. Murashige

Bitten on right thigh and ankle.

Species and length unknown.
2008/07/26, 3:30 pm Maui, Kā‘anapali, Honokōwai; approx 10 yds from shore Wading Turbid est 3 ft U. Mataafa

Lacerations to left calf. Not confirmed as shark bite, so not included in accompanying graphics.

Data insufficient.
2007/12/10, 11:00 am O‘ahu, Hale‘iwa, Kaiaka "Walls"; approx 200 yds from shore Surfing Turbid est 8-10 ft T. Ramirez

No injury. Shark bit tail of surfboard after apparently becoming caught in leash. Considered a provoked incident due to the interaction with the leash.

Tiger shark, length 6-8 feet.
2007/10/29, 3:30 pm Maui, Kīhei, Keawakapu; approx 30 yds from shore Swimming Turbid est 25 ft A. Finley

Laceration to left calf.

Species unknown, length 11 feet.
2007/08/28, 4:30 pm O‘ahu, Ka‘a‘awa, Makaua; approx 400 yds from shore Body boarding Turbid est 10-15 ft J. Sumait

Laceration to heel of right foot.

Tiger shark, length 10-12 feet.
2007/07/19, 3:00 pm O‘ahu, Waimānalo, Bellows; approx 150 yds from shore Snorkeling Clear est 8-10 ft H. Miller

Severely bitten on left knee and calf.

Tiger shark, length 8 feet.
2007/06/24, 7:05 am O‘ahu, Mokulē‘ia, Silva's Channel; approx 50 yds from shore Surfing Clear est 5-10 ft at channel's edge E. Yamada

No injury. Shark bit right side of surfboard as victim was paddling. Abandoned fishing net in channel.

Tiger shark, length 6 feet.
2007/05/07, 8:00 am Maui, Wailea, Keawakapu Beach; approx 25 yds from shore Snorkeling Clear 10-14 ft P. Marion

Bitten on right foot and calf.

Species and length unknown.
2007/01/05, 11:00 am Kaua‘i, Mānā, Waiokapua Bay; approx 50 yds from shore Surfing Clear 5-6 ft R. Read

No injury. Shark bit right side of surfboard as victim was sitting on board.

Tiger shark, length 8-10 feet.
2006/11/11, 1:00 pm Maui, Kīhei, Kama‘ole; approx 10 yds from shore Swimming Clear 20 ft K. Gruen

Bitten on left thigh and hand.

Species unknown, length 8-10 feet.
2006/05/31, 1:30 pm O‘ahu, Kawailoa, "Marijuanas"; approx 150 yds from shore Spearfishing Clear 25-30 ft R. Deguilmo

Bitten on left forearm. Considered a provoked incident due to activity.

Tiger shark, length 8-10 feet.
2006/05/24, 4:30 pm Lāna‘i, Club Lāna‘i Spearfishing Clear 10-15 ft A. Balmaceda

Bitten on left knee after poking shark with spear. Considered a provoked incident for obvious reasons.

Gray reef shark, length 3 feet.
2006/03/23, 11:30 am O‘ahu, Kawailoa, "Leftovers"; approx 130 yds from shore Surfing Turbid est 6 ft E. Dunn

Puncture wounds to left calf.

Tiger shark, length 10 feet.
2006/02/27, 4:30 pm Maui, Mākena, Oneloa Beach; approx 10 yds from shore Wading Turbid 2-3 ft N. Raleigh

Multiple wounds to right leg.

Reef shark, species unknown, length 8 feet.
2005/12/21, 11:30 am Maui, Keawakapu; 200-400 yds from shore Swimming Clear est 30 ft J. Genant

Loss of top part of ring finger and all of small finger of left hand.

Species unknown, length at least 8 feet.
2005/10/13, 6:00 pm Maui, Honokōwai; 100 yds from shore Surfing Turbid est 10-20 ft C. Sado

No injury. Shark bit surfboard.

Tiger shark, length 8 feet.
2005/05/02, 10:30 am Maui, Pā‘ia, Kū‘au; 70 yds from shore Surfing Clear est 6 ft S. Hoyt

No injury. Shark bit surfboard rail.

Tiger shark, length unknown.
2005/02/16, 2:30 pm O‘ahu, Sunset Beach, Rocky Point; 40 yds from shore Surfing Clear est 10 ft G. Long

No injury. Shark bit board from below with considerable force.

Tiger shark, length 8 feet.
2004/10/09, 12:30 pm Moloka‘i, Pūko‘o, Kupeke; 400 yds from shore Spearfishing Turbid est 4-5 ft D. Sanada

Lacerations to left side of face and tissue loss from left shoulder. Considered a provoked incident due to activity.

Tiger shark, length 8-12 feet.
2004/04/07, 7:13 am Maui, Kahana, Pōhaku; 100 yds from shore Surfing Turbid est 10 ft W. McInnis

Fatal. Severe wound to right leg involving thigh and calf.

Species and length unknown.
2004/03/24, 10:00 am Hawai‘i, Punalu‘u; 10 ft from shore Snorkeling Turbid est 6 ft C. Mooney

Lacerations to left foot.

Tiger shark, length 8 feet.
2004/03/16, 7:45 am Kaua‘i, Kalihiwai; 75 ft from shore Surfing Turbid est 10 ft B. Orth

No injury; bite marks in surfboard.

Species unknown, length 10 feet.
2003/10/31, 7:30 am Kaua‘i, Hā‘ena, Tunnels; 350-500 yds from shore Surfing Clear est 4-5 ft dropping to 20 ft at reef edge B. Hamilton

Loss of left arm below shoulder.

Tiger shark, length at least 14 feet.
2003/10/05, 12:55 pm Maui, Kīhei, Kalama; 10 yds from shore Wading Turbid 4-5 ft C. Alo

Bitten on left thigh, right knee, and right index finger. Unattended gill net nearby.

Species unknown, length 4-5 feet.
2003/06/24, 8:00 am O‘ahu, Mākua; 75 yds from shore Snorkeling Clear More than 50 ft J. Marrack

Bitten on right foot while snorkeling with dolphins.

Species uncertain, length 12-14 feet.
2003/05/10, 12:45 pm Hawai‘i, Kahalu‘u; 5 ft from shore Swimming Unknown 8 ft K. Paulo

Bitten on right lower calf, ankle, and foot.

Reef shark, species unknown, length 6-7 feet.
2002/11/17, 10:45 am Maui, Honokōwai; 100 yds from shore Swimming Turbid 6 ft J. Glance

Bitten on right shoulder and forearm.

Species unknown, length 8-10 feet.
2002/10/30, 11:00 am Maui, Kīhei, Kama‘ole I; 20 yds from shore Swimming Turbid 7-10 ft K. Miller

Bitten on left foot.

Reef shark, small, species unknown.
2002/09/27, 3:35 pm O‘ahu, Kāhala, 100 ft beyond reef crest Fishing from surfboard Clear 25 ft A. Lum

No injury; shark came from side and bit rail of surfboard as fisher pushed board into underside of approaching shark's snout. Considered a provoked incident due to activity.

Tiger shark, length 8-10 feet.
2002/09/16, 7:50 am Kaua‘i, Princeville, Hideaways Beach Body boarding Clear Unknown Anonymous

No injury. Shark fin seen just before body board ripped away and dragged out to sea. Not confirmed as shark incident, so not included in accompanying graphics.

Data insufficient.
2002/08/28, 3:45 pm O‘ahu, Kewalo; harbor channel 4-5 ft from reef edge Surfing Turbid 20 ft S. Farden

Bitten on left foot while duck-diving under wave; shark grabbed tail of board and shook laterally.

Tiger shark, length 10 feet.
2002/06/11, 1:45 pm Kaua‘i, ‘Anini Beach; 100 yds from shore Surfing Unknown Unknown C. Levin

No injury. Shark came from behind and bit side of surfboard as victim was sitting on board.

Tiger shark, length 8-9 feet.
2002/03/25, 12:00 noon Kaua‘i, Brennecke's Beach; 30-50 yds from shore Body boarding Turbid 6-8 ft H. Aki

Severely bitten on lower left leg; left foot lost above ankle.

Tiger shark, length 9 feet.
2002/01/01, 1:00 pm Maui, Olowalu; 100 yds from shore Snorkeling Clear 20-40 ft T. Holmes

Bitten on buttocks.

Tiger shark, length at least 7 feet.
2001/11/14, 5:00 pm Maui, Kapalua Surfing Clear 5-6 ft M. Schweitzer

No injury. Portion of board's lower surface removed.

Species and length unknown.
2001/04/11, 7:00 am O‘ahu, ‘Ewa Beach Surfing Turbid 10 ft G. Dano

Bitten on left hand.

Whitetip reef shark, length 3 feet.
2001/03/23, 2:40 pm O‘ahu, Sandy Beach; 30-40 yds offschore Body boarding 6-8 ft M. Mendez

Bitten on left hand. Portion of body board's left front corner removed.

Reef shark, species unknown, length 3-5 feet.
2000/10/18, 11:20 am Maui, Olowalu; approx. 450 yards from shore Snorkeling Clear 35-40 ft H. Musselwhite

Bitten on upper right torso and right buttock.

Species unknown, length 6-8 feet.
2000/08/15, 11:50 am Maui, Kanahā; 0.7 miles from shore Surfing - wind Clear est 70 ft J. Goenvec

Severely bitten on lower left leg when struck after falling off board and shaking sand out of boots. Tooth fragments recovered.

Tiger shark, length 12 feet.
1999/11/23, 5:15 pm Hawai‘i, Kona, Kahuwai; 250-300 yds from shore Swimming Clear 12 ft L. Boyett

Severely bitten on right buttock; also lacerations to hands when victim reached for shark's mouth.

Species unknown, length 10 feet.
1999/10/01, 6:30 pm Hawai‘i, Old Kona Airport; 80 yds from shore, just outside reef crest Surfing Clear estimated 6 ft dropping to 30 ft at reef edge J. Spencer

Severely bitten on right arm above and below elbow when struck from side while lying on surfboard.

Tiger shark, length 8-10 feet.
1999/08/09, 1:30 pm O‘ahu, Mokulua Island, back lagoon Swimming Unknown Unknown S. Watkins

Minor injury to right foot.

Reef shark, species and length unknown.
1999/07/21, 10:25 am Hawai‘i, Honoli‘i Surfing Turbid 6 ft G. Yamaguchi

Bitten on right thigh and buttocks when struck from side and behind while lying on surfboard.

Species unknown, length 6-8 feet.
1999/03/05, 10:45 am Maui, Kā‘anapali; 200-600 yds from shore Swimming Clear 75 ft R. Knutson

Severely bitten on leg from hip to knee; substantial tissue loss. Witness reported 16-foot white shark, but not confirmed.

Species and length uncertain.
1997/10/28, 7:00 am Kaua‘i, Waiokapua Bay; 100-150 yds from shore Body boarding Muddy Unknown M. Coots

Bitten on both legs and right hand; loss of lower part of right leg.

Tiger shark, length 12 feet.
1997/06/25, 11:00 pm O‘ahu, Sunset Beach; 40 yds from shore Spearfishing Unknown Unknown Confidential

Bitten on left leg just above ankle while night diving with a fish stringer on left side. Considered provoked due to activity.

Species unknown, length 8 feet.
1996/08/29, 4:00 pm Maui, Paukūkalo; 100 yds from shore Body boarding Unknown Unknown D. Nanod

Bitten on right calf; shark approached from behind and was "thrashing around" while biting victim.

Tiger shark, length 8 feet.
1996/01/16, 3:45 pm Maui, Nāpili; 100 yds from shore Snorkeling Clear 15 ft R. Rogowicz

Bitten on top of left foot and right shin.

Species unknown, length 10 feet.
1995/06/13, 11:50 am Maui, Wailea; 200 yds from shore Swimming Turbid 20 ft D. Bloom

Small punctures and scratches on left side above waist; victim kicked shark in midsection.

Tiger shark, length 11 feet.

Notes:
Provoked incidents are defined by the International Shark Attack File as occurring “when a human initiates physical contact with a shark, e.g. a diver bit after grabbing a shark, a fisher bit while removing a shark from a net, and attacks on spearfishers and those feeding sharks.” Incidents resulting from fishing activity are generally considered provoked.

Unprovoked incidents are those “where an attack on a live human by a shark occurs in its natural habitat without human provocation of the shark. Incidents involving…shark-inflicted scavenge damage to already dead humans (most often drowning victims), attacks on boats, and provoked incidents occurring in or out of the water are not considered unprovoked attacks.”

An incident at Lahilahi, Makaha, O‘ahu, on July 25, 2008 was initially reported as a shark bite. However, the wound characteristics were determined to be inconsistent with a shark bite, based on analysis by the International Shark Attack File.

An incident at Haena, Kauai, on November 25, 1995 was misdiagnosed as a shark bite. The wound was initially attributed to a cookiecutter shark, but a tooth fragment recovered from the victim was determined not to have come from a shark, based on information from the International Shark Attack File.

For incidents prior to 1995, see Balazs, G.H. “Annotated list of shark attack cases in the Hawaiian Islands 1779-1996”.