Current statements, watches, advisories, and warnings for Hawaii beaches. These advisories are distributed by City and County Lifeguards, the National Weather Service, and the State of Hawaii Department of Health.

The information on this website is intended to assist you in making an aware and informed decision in choosing a beach destination appropriate to your personal ocean skill level. Hawaii Beach Safety strives to deliver the most accurate, timely information available to promote a positive beach experience. These alerts are provided for your informational purposes only.

Active Alerts

High Surf Advisory

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 3:42pm to Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6:00am
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF KAUAI OAHU MOLOKAI MAUI AND THE BIG ISLAND...

.A long fetch due to the flow around a surface high over the northeastern Pacific will send a series of short-period east swells into the local waters during the next several days. The current swell will be on the decline on Wednesday, before the next arrives on Thursday.

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST WEDNESDAY...

* SURF...Along east facing shores, 6 to 8 feet.

* TIMING...through 6 am Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Moderate...Expect strong breaking waves, shore break, and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

Beaches: Bellows Field Beach, Kailua Beach, Flat Island, Mokulua Islands, Makapuʻu Beach, Rabbit Island, Waimanalo Bay, Waimanalo Beach, Chinaman’s Hat, Kualoa Regional Park, D.T. Fleming Park, Ahalanui Park, Richardson Ocean Park, Leleiwi Beach Park, Pohoiki Beach, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Carlsmith Beach Park, Honoliʻi Beach Park, Kekaha Beach Park

High Wind Warning

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 4:25pm to Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6:00am
...HIGH WIND WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST WEDNESDAY...

* WINDS...Southwest 30 to 60 mph with gusts over 65 mph at the highest elevations.

* LOCATIONS...Summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa above 12000 feet.

* TIMING...The highest wind speeds should be this evening with winds gradually diminishing overnight.

* IMPACTS...Winds this strong can walking difficult and can forcefully slam open doors. The winds may make steering difficult, especially for drivers of high profile vehicles.

Beaches: No monitored beaches in impact area.

Shark Sighted Signs posted at Chun's Reef (North Shore)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (All day)

Shark Sighted Signs posted at Chun's Reef (North Shore)

An 8' shark exhibiting non aggressive behavior was seen by Ocean Safety Lifeguards approximately 200 yards offshore Today at 12:43pm.
The public is being warned of this shark sighting via Jet Ski patrols in the water, signs posted on the beach and megaphone announcements from the Lifeguard Tower. At the time of the sighting, there were approximately 30 people in the surrounding water area



Beaches: Chun’s Reef

Types of Alerts

These alerts are listed in order of highest-to-lowest order of concern.

  • Closure

    Access to this beach park is temporarily denied for public safety purposes.
  • Warning

    Warnings are issued when a beach event is occurring or imminent and action is needed to protect life and property.
  • Advisory

    An advisory is issued when events are occurring that are not a direct threat to life or property.
  • Watch

    A watch is issued to allow time for preparation for a beach event.
  • Statement

    A 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.

Emergency Information

Phone Weather Recordings

Kauai
  • Kauai Forecast (808) 245-6001
  • Kauai Marine Forecast (808) 245-356
Oahu
  • Oahu Forecast incl Honolulu & Vicinity (808) 973-5286
  • Oahu Forecast (808) 973-4380 or 973-4381
  • Marine Forecast (808) 973-4382
  • Surf Observations and Forecast (808) 973-4383
  • Coastal Winds and Buoy Observations (808) 973-6114
Maui
  • Maui Community Forecast (808) 877-5111
  • Maui Marine Forecast (866) 944-5025
Hawaii (Big Island)
  • Hilo and vicinity Forecast (808) 935-8555
  • Big Island Forecast (808) 961-5582
  • Big Island Marine Forecast (808) 935-9883