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Hawaii's ocean and beach conditions are as unique as the islands themselves. This website constantly monitors the surf, wind, and reports from public safety officials that directly affect the conditions for safety of Hawaiian beaches. Use the hazard signs below to quickly assess conditions and help you find the appropriate beach for your visit.
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Hazard Ratings

Choose a beach that best matches your ability and comfort level in the water. For the safest beach experience select beaches with a normal caution level identified (yellow square).

Caution

Approach with caution, conditions can change. This is the safest level of nearshore or offshore conditions.

High Hazard

Conditions are hazardous. People are advised to stay out of the ocean.

Extreme

Conditions are extremely hazardous. People are advised to stay out of the ocean.

No conditions available

Conditions do not apply to this location, for example offshore islands have no nearshore rating.

CLOSED

Beach is closed.

Learn more about these ratings.

Shores

Two ratings are calculated for each beach. Choose the appropriate rating based on your activity.

BEACH & NEARSHORE

This describes the beach, shoreline and surf conditions. This information is important to beach goers, swimmers, snorkelers and surfers.

OFFSHORE

This describes the ocean conditions. This information is important for kayakers and boaters.

Active Alerts

High Surf Warning
Sep 3 2015 - 3:17am to 6:00pm
...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF KAUAI OAHU MOLOKAI MAUI AND BIG ISLAND... .OVERVIEW...LARGE SURF WILL PERSIST ALONG EAST FACING SHORES UNTIL EARLY THIS EVENING. THE EAST SHORE SURF MAY... more

High Surf Warning
Sep 3 2015 - 3:17am to 6:00pm
...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF KAUAI OAHU MOLOKAI MAUI AND BIG ISLAND... .OVERVIEW...LARGE SURF WILL PERSIST ALONG EAST FACING SHORES UNTIL EARLY THIS EVENING. THE EAST SHORE SURF MAY... more

Flash Flood Watch
Sep 3 2015 - 3:30am to Sep 4 2015 - 12:00am
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ALL THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS THROUGH MIDNIGHT TONIGHT... .SCATTERED HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE LOCALLY EXCESSIVE RAINFALL TODAY AND TONIGHT. THESE... more

Flash Flood Watch
Sep 3 2015 - 3:30am to Sep 4 2015 - 12:00am
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ALL THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS THROUGH MIDNIGHT TONIGHT... .SCATTERED HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE LOCALLY EXCESSIVE RAINFALL TODAY AND TONIGHT. THESE... more