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High surf warning in effect through Saturday

Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The National Weather Service high surf warning for the West Facing Shores of Hawaii Island remained in effect throughout Friday. The High Surf Warning is expected to remain in effect through 6 p.m. Saturday.

In addition, the following beaches are closed due to hazardous conditions:

* Hapuna Beach
* Kahaluu Beach
* Kohanaiki or Pine Trees Beach
* Laaloa or Magic Sands Beach
* Public beach areas at Kukio and Four Seasons Resort

Part of Kekaha Kai State Park and Lapakahi State Historical Park also were closed Friday.

The large northwest swell rolled in Friday morning, bringing 20- to 25-foot waves along the Kona and Kohala coasts. The swell has more of a westerly component, so west-facing shores of the Big Island will see “much larger than normal surf.”

Forecasters expect the waves to gradually diminish by 6 p.m. Saturday, however, surf may remain hazardous through Sunday.

The NWS also warned of very strong breaking waves and strong longshore and rip currents. The breaking waves may impact harbors making navigating harbor channels dangerous.

Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise extreme caution.

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