LIHUE, Hawaii — The state Department of Health has placed at least three Hawaii beaches under bacteria warnings.

On Kauai Island, Hanalei Bay and the Anahola Beach Park pavilion area are under warnings. While on Oahu Island, Kuhio Beach in Waikiki is under warning.

Officials placed signs along the shorelines in all three areas, advising beachgoers to take precautions.

The Department states levels of enterococci bacteria at Kuhio Beach were four times higher than acceptable. The enterococci (en-tur-oh-CAHKS-ee) bacteria are common in the fecal matter of warm-blooded animals. State officials say they will retest Kuhio Beach on Monday.

Both the Anahola Bay and Hanalei Bay advisories will remain in effect until bacteria numbers dip below the threshold.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.