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Some forced to stay out of water in East Oahu because of dangerous surf while others take the risk

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A weather system to the north of the Hawaiian Islands created hazardous surf this weekend, even closing down one of East Oahu's most popular tourist destinations.

While some were forced to stay out of the water, others ignored the warning signs hoping to catch some wild waves. Lifeguards had to rescue 30 people, 24 of which were along the Windward side of Oahu. 

"Normally it's not this big so we gatta take advantage of the swells," said Makapuu body boarder Kimo Rhoden.

"It's definitely dangerous for the size and conditions. But I guess I just like the adrenaline rush," said body boarder Joshua Adam Kim.

Warning signs were posted at Makapuu Beach Park, but that's not stopping some daring surfers from taking the risk.

Forecasters say 15 to 20 foot waves are expected for the north and six to ten feet for the east, which is why Hanauma Bay in East Oahu shut down Saturday, disappointing visitors from all over the world.

"Today's beautiful but of course we can't get in," said New York visitor Leonardo Febbraro.

"Wanted to come here and swim. Probably one of the best places I've seen that I've been…and I travel a lot," said Dave Hendrix, also visiting from New York.

Ocean Safety crews report five-foot swells inside the bay at dawn on Saturday. So the city’s Parks Department closed it down as a safety precaution.

But the bay was calm around noon and some visitors were frustrated.  

"It's just a massive disappointment. You come to Hawaii, you have a short amount of time here and they say the beached closed due to dangerous conditions but you get here, and its calm as it potentially can be," Australia visitor Trent Jarvis said.

Ocean Safety officials say shutting the bay down on the weekend is always a very difficult decision to make but safety comes first. 

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