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Hawaii Ko Olina Resort area Oahu: Health advisory issued

Hawaii Ko Olina Resort area Oahu: Health advisory issued

It may look like paradise, but swimming in the water at one of the four lagoons at Ko Olina on Oahu may get you sick. Lagoons in Ko Olina consists of sandy beaches along with four picturesque lagoons—Hanu, Naia, Kolola, and Ulu—situated in a luxurious resort area. The lagoons were fashioned by human hands to provide a nice beach and safe swimming area for kids and novice swimmers. The semi-circular shape of the lagoon and the stone walls create a protective barrier from the open sea and also creates a nice snorkeling area. The surrounding well-manicured lawns are nice for picnics. Among upscale residential

The lagoons were fashioned by human hands to provide a nice beach and safe swimming area for kids and novice swimmers. The semi-circular shape of the lagoon and the stone walls create a protective barrier from the open sea and also creates a nice snorkeling area. The surrounding well-manicured lawns are nice for picnics. Luxurious residential living and some of the top resorts on the island are frequented by tourists.

Some of the top hotels and resorts at Ko Olina include:

  • Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko Olina
  • Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
  • Beach Villas at Ko Olina
  • Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club

Today Hawaii State Health Department officials have issued a public advisory for one of the lagoons at Ko Olina, saying there are high levels of a dangerous bacteria in the water.

Recent tests at the resort area’s Kohala lagoon have revealed a “water quality exceedance” of a bacteria called enterococci, indicating a higher concentration of the bacteria than is advised.

Officials say contact with water in the lagoon may cause illness.

Certain types of the bacteria, according to the CDC, are resistant to antibiotics and other types of treatments. The disease can sometimes cause wound infections and urinary tract infections.

Health department officials say the health advisory will remain posted until water samples no longer result in unsafe levels.

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