Trade winds are increasing with windy weather in the forecast for the next several days. A Wind Advisory is posted for Lanai, Kahoolawe, west and central Maui and most of the Big Island starting at 10 a.m. Sunday for the possibility of sustained winds of 30 miles per hour with gusts near 50 miles per hour.
For most of the state, east to northeast winds will strengthen to 15 to 30 miles per hour Sunday, and then 20 to 30 miles per hour with higher gusts through Thursday before easing up a bit. There's still quite a bit of moisture in the area, so scattered showers will be riding in on the trades.
Because of the strong trades, a Small Craft Advisory is posted for Hawaiian coastal waters, with a Gale Watch taking effect for the Pailolo and Alenuihaha Channels Sunday. A High Surf Advisory is in effect for rough and choppy surf for most east-facing shores. A High Surf Advisory is also taking effect Sunday afternoon for south facing shores.