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, March 18, 2019 - 4:32am to 6:00pm
...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU AND MOLOKAI AND FOR NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI AND THE BIG ISLAND...

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR THE WEST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...

.The large north-northwest swell has peaked and begun to slowly lower early this morning. Warning-level surf will continue today, then lower to advisory levels by Tuesday along exposed north and west facing shores.

...HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THIS EVENING...

* SURF...25 to 40 feet this morning, lowering to 18 to 24 feet tonight along north and west facing shores of Niihau and Kauai, and along north facing shores of Oahu, Molokai, and Maui. 15 to 25 feet this morning, lowering to 8 to 12 feet tonight along exposed north facing shores of the Big Island. 15 to 25 feet this morning, lowering to 12 to 18 feet tonight along west facing shores of Oahu and Molokai.

* TIMING...through this afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Very High...Expect ocean water surging and sweeping across beaches, coastal benches, and lava flows creating the potential for impacts to coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways. Powerful longshore and rip currents will be present at most beaches.

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, Ahalanui Park, Richardson Ocean Park, Leleiwi Beach Park, Pohoiki Beach, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Carlsmith Beach Park, Honoliʻi 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

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 4:32am to 6:00pm
...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU AND MOLOKAI AND FOR NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI AND THE BIG ISLAND...

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR THE WEST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...

.The large north-northwest swell has peaked and begun to slowly lower early this morning. Warning-level surf will continue today, then lower to advisory levels by Tuesday along exposed north and west facing shores.

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THIS EVENING...

* SURF...5 to 8 feet.

* TIMING...through this afternoon.

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

Beaches: White Sands Beach Park, Kahaluʻu Beach Park

Upcoming Alerts

Hanauma Bay Closure
Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Dec 31 2019.
Mar 19 2019 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Mar 26 2019 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Apr 2 2019 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Apr 9 2019 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Apr 16 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