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Monstrous Christmas waves crash into the islands

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The weather outside was frightful, at least to Hawaii standards. But the waves, they were delightful.

There were no reports of property damage and there were only a few reports of water crossing over Kamehameha Highway, in the areas of Laniakea, Chun's Reef and Rockpiles.

All roads though, remained open, but not the beaches.

The monstrous waves brought out many from their Christmas gatherings to check out the surf.

There were also some visible signs of erosion, especially at Sunset Beach.

The coastal erosion here actually got better today. Lifeguards say this swell brought back around two-thirds of the sand that was recently washed away.

And lifeguards were busy, risking their lives to save others.

On Oahu's west and north shores, they warned about 24-hundred people to stay out of the water. That's the easy part. They also made 25 rescues and 20 assists.

Here's what it looked like, out on the west side. High surf closed Yokohama Bay today. Waves reached 15 to 20 feet, with some larger sets. Lifeguards will decide tomorrow whether to re-open those gates.

High surf also closed Hookipa Beach Park on Maui. Waves up to 25 feet washed up into the park pavilion area. Again, lifeguards will decide tomorrow whether to re-open.

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