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Waikiki and Ala Moana beach park Honololulu

Hundreds stung by box jellyfish

Jan 02, 2011

Waikiki and Ala Moana beaches had been packed over the Holiday weekend. Over the last two days more than 200 people have been stung by box jellyfish.

Lifeguards are urging people to stay out of south shore waters on Friday to avoid the painful welts.

Capt. Paul Merino, the ocean safety and lifeguard services supervisor for Oahu’s south shore, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the jellyfish influx is expected to last through New Year’s Day and begin to fade on Sunday.

After a week of rain, people were ready to hit the beaches. Many people went in the water despite lifeguards posted warning signs beginning Wednesday.

Hawaii’s box jellyfish tend to come near the shore to spawn about 10 days after the full moon.

Hundreds stung by box jellyfish

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