Hawaiian Lifeguard Association
National Weather ServiceWeather Forecast Office - Honolulu, HI
County of HawaiʻiFire Department - Ocean Safety Division
City and County of HonoluluEmergency Services Department - Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division
County of KauaʻiFire Department - Ocean Safety Bureau
County of MauiParks and Recreation - Aquatics Division
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 3:07pm HST
High Surf Warning
Effective: Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 12:00am to 6:00pm
.A very large northwest swell will roll through the coastal waters tonight and Thursday producing very large surf along north and west facing shores of the smaller islands. The swell will be mostly blocked from reaching the Big Island.
...HIGH SURF WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM THURSDAY...
* WHAT...Dangerously large breaking waves of 20 to 25 feet along north facing shores and 15 to 20 feet along west facing shores.
* WHERE...Portions of Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau and Oahu Hawaii.
* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 6 PM Thursday.
* IMPACTS...High. Expect ocean water occasionally sweeping across portions of beaches, very strong breaking waves, and strong currents. Breaking waves may occasionally impact harbors making navigating the harbor channels dangerous. Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death. Coastal flooding is possible.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The very large swell will be accompanied by onshore winds making the surf very rough and sloppy. Very high tides will during the late night and early morning hours will increase the amount of wave runup.
A High Surf Warning is issued when waves reach threshold criteria for a particular island and shoreline. High Surf Warnings may be issued up to 24 hours ahead of the arrival of the swell and may remain in effect for several days.
- Aliʻi Beach Park
- Ehukai Beach
- Haleʻiwa Beach
- Maili Beach
- Makaha Beach
- Nanakuli Beach
- Depot’s Beach
- Pokai Beach
- Keawaʻula Beach
- Sunset Beach
- Chun’s Reef
- Laniakea Beach
- Waimea Bay
- Chinaman’s Hat
- KeʻWaena Beach
- Kualoa Regional Park
- Hanakaoʻo 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
Unmonitored lands and waters in the impact area described in the alert will also be impacted.
If conditions change before expiration or the event needs to be extended, an update or cancellation will be issued from Hawaii Beach Safety Website.
** END NOTIFICATION ***