Current conditions at Haena Beach Park

Beach & Nearshore

High Hazard

Conditions are hazardous. People are encouraged to stay out of the ocean.
Primarily for beachgoers and surfers

Offshore

High Hazard

Conditions are hazardous. Kayakers and users of other unpowered craft are encouraged to stay out of the ocean.
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
Learn more about these rating signs and alerts. Ratings updated Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:15pm

Weather

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77°F
Partly Cloudy
Winds Northeast at 11.5 MPH (10 KT)

Surf

SURF ALONG NORTH FACING SHORES WILL BE 4 TO 6 FEET TONIGHT...LOWERING

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Beach ID: 810

Getting There

Haena Beach Park is located on the Kauai North Shore.

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Background

Haʻena Beach Park occupies the low, vegetated sand dunes located along the backshore of Maniniholo Beach. The wide bay offshore is bordered by two large reefs, Makua Reef to the east and Hauwa Reef to the west, but no reef protects the beach itself. It is completely exposed to the open ocean. During periods of high surf, particularly during the winter and spring, waves funnel unchecked directly into the beach, creating very dangerous water conditions, particularly a pounding shorebreak, a strong backwash, and powerful rip Currents. The foreshore of the beach is always steep, a good indication of the erosive force of the annual high surf. Over the years Haʻena Beach Park has been the site of a number of drownings and many near-drownings. Swimmers and bodysurfers in the shorebreak are usually the victims.

The park and its public facilities are located on Highway 56 across the road from Maniniholo Dry Cave.

This description is from John R. K. Clark’s book - Beaches of Oahu (Revised Edition) published and available for purchase from the University of Hawaiʻi Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing his beach descriptions for use on this site.
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