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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.

Active Alerts

Brown Water Advisory
Oct 19 2017 - 4:05pm to Oct 20 2017 - 4:05pm
State of Hawaii / Dept of Health / Clean Water Branch A Brown Water Advisory is being issued for Sunset Beach, Oahu, due to heavy rains. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm... more

High Surf Advisory
Oct 20 2017 - 3:28am to Oct 21 2017 - 6:00am
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF KAUAI OAHU MOLOKAI MAUI AND THE BIG ISLAND... .STRONG TRADE WINDS NEAR AND UPWIND OF THE ISLANDS WILL MAINTAIN ROUGH SURF ALONG EAST FACING SHORES... more

Wind Advisory
Oct 20 2017 - 3:32am to 6:00pm
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE STATE THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON... .Strong high pressure north of the islands will produce windy conditions across Lanai, Kahoolawe, as well as... more