A shark has just caused Hawaii’s first shark fatality for the year on the island of Maui. The attack happened south of Wailea and Makena beaches at the amazing snorkeling spot – Kanahena Cove, part of Ahi’i Kinau Natural Reserve.

Maui shark attack map - near Kihei, Maui.

Map image courtesy Google maps. Kihei, Maui area where shark attack occurred.

A 65-year-old woman was likely killed by a shark while snorkeling with two friends she got separated from. This was Wednesday morning and we’re just getting news of it now, four days later for some reason.

The woman was found unresponsive and face down about two-hundred yards offshore by some other snorkelers in the area who were able to pull her in to the beach. Firefighters attempted CPR and other life-saving efforts, but were unsuccessful. The woman received bites to her upper torso.

This area is closed to all swimmers and anyone using the water – at this time until further notice.

What is the Shark Situation in Hawaii? More info here.