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

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 3:54am to Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 6:00pm
...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU MOLOKAI AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI...

.A large long-period northwest swell will rapidly build from northwest to southeast down the island chain today. The swell is expected to peak late this afternoon through tonight, then gradually lower Sunday into early next week.

...HIGH SURF WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Surf will rapidly rise to 25 to 35 feet today, hold through tonight, then lower to 20 to 28 feet Sunday along north and west facing shores of Niihau and Kauai, and north facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui. Along west facing shores of Oahu and Molokai, surf will rapidly rise to 17 to 25 feet today, hold through tonight, then lower to 14 to 20 feet Sunday.

* WHERE...North and west facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and north facing shores of Maui.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM HST Sunday.

* 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: 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, Kanaha Beach Park, Baldwin Beach Park, Hoʻokipa Beach Park, 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

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 12:00pm to Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:00am
...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU MOLOKAI AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI...

.A large long-period northwest swell will rapidly build from northwest to southeast down the island chain today. The swell is expected to peak late this afternoon through tonight, then gradually lower Sunday into early next week.

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 AM HST MONDAY...

* WHAT...Surf will build to 6 to 10 feet along west facing shores of the Big Island this afternoon, hold through Sunday, then lower to 5 to 8 feet Sunday night.

* WHERE...West facing shores of the Big Island.

* WHEN...From noon today to 6 AM HST Monday.

* 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

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