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High surf and small craft advisories for Hawaii Island

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf advisory for east facing shores of Hawaii Island and east Maui until 6 a.m. Wednesday (Aug 12).

Surf along east facing shore is forecast to be in the 8-12 foot range with higher sets tonight and early Tuesday, dropping to 6-10 feet Tuesday afternoon.

Coastal areas can expect strong breaking waves, shore breaks and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed the advice given by ocean safety officials and be careful. Know your limits and when in doubt, don’t go out.

Boaters should expect recreational surfers and bodyboarders using harbor channels to access surfing areas.

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday for Maalaea Bay, the Pailolo and Alenuihaha Channels along with Hawaii Island leeward and southeast waters.

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