Jimmy Ulualoha Napeahi, doing what he loves best. Photo: Facebook/Jimmy Ulualoha Napeahi

Jimmy Ulualoha Napeahi, doing what he loves best. Photo: Facebook/Jimmy Ulualoha Napeahi


The Inertia

Another shark attack in the Hawaiian Islands occurred on Sunday. Jimmy ‘Ulu Boy’ Napeahi was surfing at Dead Trees in Pohoiki Bay on the Big Island on Sunday afternoon when he was attacked from behind by a shark described only as being grey-colored and up to eight feet in length. Just days after Jana Lutteropp, a German woman visiting Maui, lost her arm to a shark while snorkeling, the 16-year-old Napeahi suffered lacerations and puncture wounds to both legs.

After the shark bit him, the boy’s friends converged on him and dragged him onto his surfboard, then paddled him to shore.

A lifeguard on scene reportedly treated Napeahi’s wounds before he was taken by ambulance to Pahoa Fire Station before being airlifted to Hilo Medical Center. “When I showed up, the kids said there was a kid with a shark bite and there were two big lacerations to his buttocks and thigh,” Pohoiki Lifeguard Nohea Matsuoka told KHON2. “I started putting everything on top of him, cleaning him up and getting him ready for the medic.”

According to the boy’s mother, he is in stable condition.

This marks Hawaii’s ninth attack this year, compared to last year’s eleven. Pohoiki Beach was closed for Sunday, but has since been reopened.


  • Jose Baeyens

    There’s been an increase in attacks around the island of La Reunion (near Madagascar) in recent months too. Might be interesting to find out what causes sharks to get closer to the shores and to attack humans in these cases. And maybe try out any kind of “camouflage” boards or wetsuits… even if some seem trivial. Better to try something than just let it happen.