There’s good news ahead for Hawaii ocean goers. Read on for today’s update from the University of Hawaii regarding a new topical treatment in the works for a jellyfish sting. Jellyfish have long been a problem in Hawaii and they only seem to be getting worse. Use our 2014 calendar of caution dates in today’s post to plan a “sting-free” Hawaii vacation.
As you probably know, jellyfish affect south facing Hawaii beaches. These include Oahu’s Waikiki, Ala Moana Beach Park, Haunama Bay, and the Waianae Coast as well as Kauai’s Poipu Beach. Maui and Big Island beaches can also be affected but typically have fewer problems.
Here in Hawaii, jellyfish types include the box, moon and lagoon varieties.
Awareness. Check with a lifeguard for sure and look for jellyfish washed up on the sand as an indication of a problem.
Timing. You’ll usually find jellyfish on impacted beaches eight days following a full moon. The problem can persist for three days. If you’re here during a jellyfish invasion, talk to the lifeguard for advice. Also check the beach to see if any jellyfish have washed ashore.
While jellyfish stings can happen at other times, these are the most likely dates when problems may occur.
January 25 to 27
February 23 to 25
March 25 to 27
April 24 to 26
May 23 to 25
June 22 to 24
July 21 to 23
July 30 to August 1
August 19 to 21
September 18 to 20
October 17 to 19
November 15 to 17
December 15 to 17
The University of Hawaii has come up with what is apparently the first effective topical treatment for jellyfish stings. When one of its researchers was stung badly fourteen years ago she began studies which have now yielded an effective treatment. While not available yet, patents for the gel have already been applied for.
Have you been stung by a box jellyfish? Please let us know in comments below.
Beat of Hawaii photo at Waikiki Beach.