The last thing you would expect on your long awaited timeshare vacation in Hawaii is to see medical waste and trash on the beach. Even worse, you can’t swim in the Pacific Ocean there because the water is contaminated with . . . ready for this one? . . . “enterococcus and clostridium perfringens.” That’s bacteria you do not want on your skin or any other spot you’d care to keep uninfected.
Here’s how it happened. Recent storms in Oahu caused contaminated water runoff from the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill. It contaminated the nearby ocean water and caused beach closures along the island’s southwest shore.
Timeshare resorts in the area include Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, Ko Olina Resort and Spa, and several others. The mess is being addressed by the EPA and the Hawaii Department of Health for cleanup and construction to prevent further releases. (read the story here, from the Environment News Service)
In the mean time, if you have a timeshare week booked there, plan on other activities until the water is safe to swim in and the beaches are clean.
It could have been worse – like a volcano burying your resort, or an earthquake swallowing it up. Just enjoy the pool, palm trees and warm weather.
This time of year, a timeshare vacation in Hawaii sounds great. Just don’t plan on a surfing trip there in Oahu anytime soon.