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Hapuna Beach opened after being closed for ordnance investigation

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor

Part of Hapuna Beach remains closed while military experts check out whether an underwater object is some sort of unexploded ordnance.

Two Navy ordnance experts were expected to arrive Thursday from Pearl Harbor to assist Army personnel with the investigation.

A county lifeguard Monday spotted a cylindrical object in water 4 to 5 feet deep at the southern end of Hapuna State Recreational Area.

The object was described as 4-6 inches in diameter, with about 8 inches visible in the sand.

The area is marked with yellow ‘caution’ tape.

County Civil Defense reports that portion of the beach will be closed until further notice; the northern half of the beach remains open to the public.

UPDATED MEDIA RELEASE (2/18/11)

Quince Mento, Hawaii County Civil Defense Director, said the object was planned to be detonated by military personnel today (Feb 18). Hawaii County Civil Defense reported at 11:12 a.m. that Hapuna Beach Park had re-open to the public. Explosive Ordnance Disposal operations were completed.

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