Hawaii beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. They are also among the most dangerous because of large waves and strong currents.
The goal of Hawaii Beach Safety is to give beach users timely and accurate information for choosing a beach destination appropriate to their ocean skill level. This website was established through cooperation between Hawaii Lifeguard Association, City & County of Honolulu, County of Maui, Hawaii Department of Health, Hawaii Tourism Authority, and the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology as a non-profit venture.
Hawaii Beach Safety provides wave and beach hazard information that is updated every 15 minutes based on forecasts by the National Weather Service. Three signs are employed to rate Hawaii's life-guarded beaches (Caution, High Hazard, and Extreme Hazard). Because conditions at beaches change quickly we encourage you to check back often for the latest information. Additionally, other factors, such as beach closures, road closures, stinging jellyfish, shark sightings, and other events are posted on the site when available.
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable time while visiting Hawaii's beaches. This is best achieved by choosing the appropriate beach as you plan your daily activities.
We encourage you to use this site to make an aware and informed decision based on the latest information. When you get to the beach, be sure to check with the lifeguards for problems and hazards. Life guards are stationed at the most popular beaches to provide information and assist you in case of an emergency. It is far better to recognize that a beach is too dangerous and move to another, than to attempt entering the ocean and risk injury.
Reuse of the information on this website is encouraged. We provide all alerts, conditions and hazards via an Open API for anyone to use to incorporate into their application or follow in their news reader via RSS.
Rating Signs & Alerts
Beach hazard rating signs are designed to help you identify a beach that is appropriate to your ocean skill level. The system is similar to the difficulty signs used at ski resorts. Life-guarded beaches are rated based on ocean conditions and known beach hazards, just as a ski resort rates ski slopes on steepness or complexity. A skilled skier may look for the most difficult challenges on a mountain, whereas a novice will look for the least.
BEACH & NEARSHORE
Primarily for beachgoers, surfers and swimmers
No conditions available
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
No conditions available
Types of Alerts
In addition to rating signs, public health and ocean safety professionals may issue alerts for events impacting beachgoers. These range in impact and severity from a surfing contest to a tsunami. These alerts fall under five broad categories. The last category, closure, will result in the rating signs to change to closed.
StatementA statement is issued to advise the community regarding events that are scheduled or can be reasonably predicted to happen that may affect beach or ocean usage.
WatchA watch is issued to allow time for preparation for a beach event.
AdvisoryAn advisory is issued when events are occurring that are not a direct threat to life or property.
WarningWarnings are issued when a beach event is occurring or imminent and action is needed to protect life and property.
ClosureAccess to this city beach park is being denied for public safety purposes.