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 16, 2021 - 7:28pm to Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 6:00pm
...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU MOLOKAI AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI...

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

.A giant northwest swell will gradually diminish in Kauai and Oahu waters overnight, while peaking in Maui County and Big Island waters. Surf will drop on Sunday, and will briefly diminish below warning levels statewide by Sunday evening. However, another giant swell will follow Sunday night and Monday, once again producing warning-level surf along most north and west facing shores.

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

* WHAT...Peak surf heights of 40 to 50 feet along north facing shores of Maui County through early Sunday, then diminishing. Surf 30 to 45 feet along north facing shores of Kauai County and Oahu overnight. Surf 20 to 30 feet along west facing shores of Kauai County, Oahu and Molokai overnight. Surf will gradually diminish on Sunday, but still remain dangerously large.

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

* WHEN...Until 6 PM HST Sunday.

* 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. Large breaking waves and strong currents may impact harbor entrances and channels causing challenging boat handling.

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 16, 2021 - 7:28pm to Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 6:00pm
...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU MOLOKAI AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI...

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

.A giant northwest swell will gradually diminish in Kauai and Oahu waters overnight, while peaking in Maui County and Big Island waters. Surf will drop on Sunday, and will briefly diminish below warning levels statewide by Sunday evening. However, another giant swell will follow Sunday night and Monday, once again producing warning-level surf along most north and west facing shores.

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Along north facing shores of the Big Island, surf 12 to 16 feet. Along west facing shores of the Big Island, surf 7 to 10 feet.

* WHERE...North and west facing shores of the Big Island.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM HST Sunday.

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