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 Warning

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 3:59pm to Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 6:00am

...HIGH WARNING FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF EAST MAUI...

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF KAUAI...OAHU... MOLOKAI...AND WEST MAUI...

.HURRICANE MADELINE IS GENERATING LARGE SWELLS THAT WILL BUILD ACROSS HAWAIIAN WATERS ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. SURF WILL RISE TO WARNING LEVELS ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON ALONG EAST FACING SHORES OF EAST MAUI. EAST FACING SHORES ACROSS THE REST OF THE STATE WILL BE PARTIALLY SHADOWED FROM THE BULK OF THE SWELL ENERGY...AND SURF IS EXPECTED TO BUILD TO ADVISORY LEVELS BY TUESDAY EVENING ON THESE ISLANDS. A RAPID...BUT BRIEF...DROP IN SURF IS EXPECTED ON THURSDAY...BUT LONG PERIOD SWELLS FROM HURRICANE LESTER WILL LIKELY PUSH EAST SHORE SURF OF ALL ISLANDS TO WARNING LEVELS ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY. FOR INFORMATION ON SURF IMPACTING THE BIG ISLAND...PLEASE REFER TO THE HURRICANE MADELINE LOCAL STATEMENT.

...HIGH SURF WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TUESDAY TO 6 AM HST THURSDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS ISSUED A HIGH SURF WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TUESDAY TO 6 AM HST THURSDAY.

* SURF...BUILDING TO 10 TO 15 FEET TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND RISING TO 10 TO 20 FEET LATE TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING...BUILDING ON TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT AND PEAKING WEDNESDAY.

* IMPACTS...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 THE HARBOR CHANNEL DANGEROUS.

Beaches: No monitored beaches in impact area.

High Surf Advisory

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 3:59pm to Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 6:00am

...HIGH WARNING FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF EAST MAUI...

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF KAUAI...OAHU... MOLOKAI...AND WEST MAUI...

.HURRICANE MADELINE IS GENERATING LARGE SWELLS THAT WILL BUILD ACROSS HAWAIIAN WATERS ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. SURF WILL RISE TO WARNING LEVELS ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON ALONG EAST FACING SHORES OF EAST MAUI. EAST FACING SHORES ACROSS THE REST OF THE STATE WILL BE PARTIALLY SHADOWED FROM THE BULK OF THE SWELL ENERGY...AND SURF IS EXPECTED TO BUILD TO ADVISORY LEVELS BY TUESDAY EVENING ON THESE ISLANDS. A RAPID...BUT BRIEF...DROP IN SURF IS EXPECTED ON THURSDAY...BUT LONG PERIOD SWELLS FROM HURRICANE LESTER WILL LIKELY PUSH EAST SHORE SURF OF ALL ISLANDS TO WARNING LEVELS ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY. FOR INFORMATION ON SURF IMPACTING THE BIG ISLAND...PLEASE REFER TO THE HURRICANE MADELINE LOCAL STATEMENT.

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO 6 AM HST THURSDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS ISSUED A HIGH SURF ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO 6 AM HST THURSDAY.

* SURF...BUILDING TO 5 TO 9 FEET TUESDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING...BUILDING LATE TUESDAY AND PEAKING 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, Kekaha Beach Park

Box Jelly Fish

Monday, August 29, 2016 (All day)

As of 1130am, 3 Box Jelly fish stings were recorded by lifeguards at Pokai Bay. Box Jelly fish warning signs posted, please inquire from the lifeguard tower.



Beaches: Pokai Beach

Flash Flood Watch

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 3:59pm to Friday, September 2, 2016 - 6:00am

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE BIG ISLAND ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY...

.ALTHOUGH SOME UNCERTAINTY REMAINS REGARDING THE TRACK OF HURRICANE MADELINE...DEEP MOISTURE ASSOCIATED WITH THE HURRICANE IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT AT LEAST THE BIG ISLAND BY WEDNESDAY MORNING...BRINGING THE THREAT OF HEAVY FLOODING RAINFALL THROUGH LATE THURSDAY. ADDITIONAL ISLANDS MAY BE ADDED TO THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH DEPENDING ON THE TRACK OF THE HURRICANE.

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT... THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* THE BIG ISLAND.

* FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT

* DEEP MOISTURE ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE MADELINE IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE BIG ISLAND BY WEDNESDAY MORNING...BRINGING THE THREAT OF HEAVY FLOODING RAINFALL THROUGH LATE THURSDAY. THE GREATEST INITIAL FLOOD THREAT WILL BE OVER WINDWARD SLOPES... WITH THE ENTIRE ISLAND EXPERIENCING A FLOOD THREAT FROM LATER WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. DEPENDING ON THE EXACT TRACK OF MADELINE... ADDITIONAL ISLANDS MAY BE ADDED TO THIS WATCH.

Beaches: Spencer Beach Park, White Sands Beach Park, Kahaluʻu Beach Park, Ahalanui Park, Richardson Ocean Park, Leleiwi Beach Park, Pohoiki Beach, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Hapuna Beach Park, Carlsmith Beach Park, Honoliʻi Beach Park

Upcoming Alerts

Hanauma Bay Closure
Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Dec 27 2016.
Aug 30 2016 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Sep 6 2016 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Sep 13 2016 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Sep 20 2016 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Sep 27 2016 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay

Types of Alerts

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

  • 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.
  • Watch

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

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

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

    Access to this city beach park is being denied for public safety purposes.

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