Maui County closes beaches

Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui County officials have closed Baldwin Beach and Hookipa Beach Parks shortly after 8:30am Monday. Parks and Recreation officials closed these two north shore beaches because of dangerously high surf and shore breaks. They are posing unsafe conditions. County ocean safety officers, park rangers and DLNR enforcement personnel are continuing to monitor beach parks exposed to today's high surf.

Maui and Molokai's north and west facing shores are under a High Surf Warning. Dangerous and battering waves are expected to pound shorelines resulting in very dangerous swimming conditions and deadly rip currents.

Spectators watching the high surf around the state are advised to remain well away from the water where waves can suddenly wash up onto previously dry areas.

The public's cooperation is asked to follow directions from ocean safety personnel.