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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 3:13am to Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm
...HIGH SURF WARNING ADVISORY FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU AND KAUAI...

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF OAHU AND MOLOKAI AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI AND WEST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...

.A large west-northwest swell will be spreading down the island chain today, bringing dangerous surf to exposed north and west facing shores of most islands.

...HIGH SURF WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THURSDAY... The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a High Surf Warning, which is in effect until 6 PM HST Thursday. The High Surf Advisory is no longer in effect.

* SURF...20 to 25 feet along north and west facing shores of Niihau and Kauai.

* TIMING...Building through this morning, and continuing through Thursday.

* 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: Haʻena Beach Park, Keʻe Beach, Hanalei Bay, Anahola Beach Park, Kealia Beach Park , Lydgate Beach, Lydgate Pond, Poipu Beach Park, Salt Pond Beach Park, Kekaha Beach Park

High Surf Advisory

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 3:13am to Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm
...HIGH SURF WARNING ADVISORY FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU AND KAUAI...

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF OAHU AND MOLOKAI AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI AND WEST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...

.A large west-northwest swell will be spreading down the island chain today, bringing dangerous surf to exposed north and west facing shores of most islands.

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THURSDAY... The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a High Surf Advisory, which is in effect until 6 PM HST Thursday.

* SURF...18 to 22 feet along north facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui. 12 to 16 feet along west facing shores of Oahu and Molokai.

* TIMING...Building throughout today, continuing through tonight and Thursday.

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

Beaches: Aliʻi Beach Park, Bellows Field Beach, Ehukai Beach, Haleʻiwa Beach, Kailua Beach, Flat Island, Mokulua Islands, Maili Beach, Makaha Beach, Makapuʻu Beach, Rabbit Island, Nanakuli Beach, Depot’s Beach, Pokai Beach, Keawaʻula Beach, Sunset Beach, Chun’s Reef, Laniakea Beach, Waimanalo Bay, Waimanalo Beach, Waimea Bay, Chinaman’s Hat, KeʻWaena Beach, Kualoa Regional Park, D.T. Fleming Park

High Surf Advisory

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 3:13am to Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm
...HIGH SURF WARNING ADVISORY FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU AND KAUAI...

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF OAHU AND MOLOKAI AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI AND WEST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...

.A large west-northwest swell will be spreading down the island chain today, bringing dangerous surf to exposed north and west facing shores of most islands.

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THURSDAY...

* SURF...5 to 8 feet along west facing shores.

* TIMING...Building through today, continuing through Thursday.

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

Beaches: Spencer Beach Park, White Sands Beach Park, Kahaluʻu Beach Park, Hapuna Beach Park

Upcoming Alerts

Hanauma Bay Closure
Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Dec 31 2019.
Jan 29 2019 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Feb 5 2019 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Feb 12 2019 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Feb 19 2019 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay

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