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Weather Forecast Office - Honolulu, HI

County of Hawaiʻi

Fire Department - Ocean Safety Division

City and County of Honolulu

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County of Kauaʻi

Fire Department - Ocean Safety Bureau

County of Maui

Parks and Recreation - Aquatics Division

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 3:31am HST

High Surf Warning

*** START NOTIFICATION ***

Effective: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 3:31am to 6:00pm

Alert:
...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI AND MOLOKAI...AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF OAHU AND MAUI...

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR WEST FACING SHORES OF OAHU...

.A LARGE NORTH-NORTHWEST SWELL IS PRODUCING HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IN THE SURF ZONES ALONG MOST NORTH AND WEST SHORES OF THE SMALLER ISLANDS TODAY. THIS SWELL WILL SLOWLY DECLINE FROM THIS EVENING INTO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

...HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THIS EVENING...

* SURF...ALONG NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU AND KAUAI...AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF OAHU...MOLOKAI AND MAUI...20 TO 25 FEET. ALONG WEST FACING SHORES OF MOLOKAI...15 TO 20 FEET.

* TIMING...THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.

* HIGH...EXPECT OCEAN WATER OCCASIONALLY SWEEPING ACROSS PORTIONS OF BEACHES...VERY STRONG BREAKING WAVES...AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS. BREAKING WAVES MAY OCCASIONALLY IMPACT HARBORS MAKING NAVIGATING HARBOR CHANNELS DANGEROUS.
Description:

A High Surf Warning is issued when waves reach threshold criteria for a particular island and shoreline. High Surf Warnings may be issued up to 24 hours ahead of the arrival of the swell and may remain in effect for several days.

Warning Instruction:
LARGE BREAKING SURF, SIGNIFICANT SHOREBREAK...AND DANGEROUS CURRENTS MAKE ENTERING THE WATER VERY HAZARDOUS. ANYONE ENTERING THE WATER COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT INJURY OR DEATH.

Unmonitored lands and waters in the impact area described in the alert will also be impacted.

If conditions change before expiration or the event needs to be extended, an update or cancellation will be issued from Hawaii Beach Safety Website.

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Alert Identifier: 6541
  • kauai
  • oahu
  • maui