Huge swell prompts High Surf Warning, beach closures

Huge swell prompts High Surf Warning, beach closures

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A large north-northwest swell is bringing dangerously large surf to the Hawaiian islands this week.

As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores of all islands until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Forecasters expect surf to rise to 20 to 30 feet along north shores, and 15 to 20 feet along west-facing shores.

The largest surf occurred late Tuesday, but proved to be extremely dangerous throughout the day with the death of one man and several other rescues.

Forecasters said the swell is expected to gradually subside on Wednesday.

Residents and visitors can expect ocean water to occasionally sweep 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.

Officials have closed the following beaches Wednesday as a result of the high surf:


  • Baldwin Beach Park

Big Island

  • Richardson Beach
  • Leleiwi Beach Park
  • Carlsmith Beach Park
  • Kealoha Beach Park
  • Onekahakaha Beach Park
  • Coconut Island Park
  • Police have also closed Kalanianaole Avenue, between Kioea and Koloa Streets, because of high tides and flooding.

Large breaking surf, significant shore break, and dangerous currents make entering the water very hazardous. Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death. Boaters should be aware of an increased number of surfers and body boarders utilizing the harbor channel to access surfing areas.

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