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Hawaiian Lifeguard Association

on behalf of

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office - Honolulu, HI

County of Hawaiʻi

Fire Department - Ocean Safety Division

City and County of Honolulu

Emergency Services Department - Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division

County of Kauaʻi

Fire Department - Ocean Safety Bureau

County of Maui

Parks and Recreation - Aquatics Division

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 21, 2022 - 3:48am HST

High Surf Warning

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Effective: Friday, January 21, 2022 - 3:48am to Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 6:00pm

Alert:
...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU AND MOLOKAI AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI...

.A west-northwest swell will build down the island chain through the day today, peak tonight through Saturday, then gradually diminish through the second half of the weekend. The warning will likely need to be expanded to include the exposed west facing shores of the Big Island later today.

...HIGH SURF WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Surf building to 25 to 35 feet along north facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, and Maui. Surf building to 18 to 25 feet along west facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, and Molokai.

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

* WHEN...Surf will build down the island chain through the day today, peak tonight into Saturday, then lower through the second half of the weekend.

* 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.
Notes (optional):

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.

Warning Instruction:
Large, breaking surf, significant shorebreak, and dangerous currents make entering the water very hazardous.

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.

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Alert Identifier: 13728
  • kauai
  • oahu
  • maui