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North Shore beaches reopen for big-wave spectators

Flooding Haleiwa Alii Beach parking lot (Image: City and County of Honolulu) Flooding Haleiwa Alii Beach parking lot (Image: City and County of Honolulu)
Hookipa Beach Park on Monday (Image: County of Maui/Facebook) Hookipa Beach Park on Monday (Image: County of Maui/Facebook)
NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Several North Shore beaches were reopened Tuesday, as wave heights subsided.

On Monday, Waimea Bay, Haleiwa Beach Park, Haleiwa Alii Beach Park were closed, according to the Department of Emergency Management. Officials said surf near Haleiwa Alii Beach Park was so large, it reached one of the parking lots and caused flooding.

Crews also closed Yokohama Bay on Oahu. Hookipa Park on Maui is also closed, according to county officials.

On Kauai, lifeguards closed all beaches from Polihale State Park to Anini Beach. At Pinetrees surf spot in Hanalei, the waves washed all the way into the parking lot.

A High Surf Warning remains in effect for north and west shores of the Hawaiian islands with waves reaching up to 55 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Those living or traveling near the coastlines should expect ocean surges that may cause significant coastal flooding and even damage to properties.

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