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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.

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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.

News

Morning report

Light winds glassy conditions surf is 3 to 6 feet out of the north north west riptides observed check with lifeguards before entering water

Morning report

Hi Sarah out of the north with strong north northwest winds poor visibility hi Shorebreak and riptides observed not a good beach day not recommending any water activities

Morning update

Surface 3 to 6 feet out of the north winds are north west at 15 partly cloudy skies rough conditions and riptides observed in Hanalei this morning

Active Alerts

High Surf Advisory
Feb 19 2019 - 4:23am to Feb 21 2019 - 6:00pm
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI THROUGH THURSDAY... ...HIGH SURF ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF KAUAI OAHU AND MOLOKAI... more

High Surf Advisory
Feb 19 2019 - 6:00pm to Feb 21 2019 - 6:00pm
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI THROUGH THURSDAY... ...HIGH SURF ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF KAUAI OAHU AND MOLOKAI... more