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01/15/2014 01:04 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Keehi Lagoon Opens Despite Unsafe Bacteria Levels

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The state Department of Health ordered warning signs at Keehi Lagoon Beach Park to be taken down on Friday after a sewage spill, even though its own test data showed that bacteria levels in the water significantly exceeded Hawaii's safe water standards.

The beach was declared safe in time for a high school canoe paddling competition on Saturday, an event that state health officials were aware of.

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