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High surf advisory issued for west facing shores of Hawaii Island, three beach parks closed

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for the west facing shores of Hawaii Island until 6 p.m. this evening.

Surf along west facing shores of Hawaii Island are forecst to be in the 10-12 foot range.

Hawaii County Ocean Safety Officials and parks personnel are reporting high surf and hazardous conditions at some beach parks in the Kailua-Kona area. Peak surf conditions may coincide with the high tides at 10:40 a.m. this morning and 11:15 p.m. tonight.

Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers are advised to exercise caution and to heed all advice given by Ocean Safety Officials. Due to hazardous conditions the following beach parks in West Hawaii are closed at this time until further notice:

  • Kahaluu Beach Park
  • Laaloa or Magic Sands Beach Park
  • Kauna’oa Bay at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Park and Ocean Safety Personnel will be monitoring conditions and may reopen the parks when it is safe to do so.

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.

There is a Small Craft Advisory until 4 p.m. this afternoon for Kauai northwest, windward waters and leeward waters, the Kauai Channel, Oahu windward waters, the Kaiwi Channel, Maui County windward waters, the Alenuihaha Channel and Hawaii Island windward waters.

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