LIHU‘E — The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a High Surf Warning for all south-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, that will take effect starting 6 a.m. Saturday, through 6 a.m. Monday.
According to the NWS, surf heights will build to 10 to 14 feet during the day Saturday, rising to 12 to 16 feet with occasional sets to 20 feet Saturday night through Sunday night.
Entering the water in these areas during the High Surf Warning is very hazardous and could cause serious injury or death. Spectators are also advised to use extreme caution, as large breaking waves could make it dangerous for those standing along the shoreline.
Ahead of reports of a “historic” South Pacific swell bringing high surf and rough ocean conditions over the weekend, several State beach parks along south-facing shores will be closed.
This large south swell is expected to be the largest seen in Hawai‘i over the last decade. Waves are forecast to peak in the 15-20 foot range on the south shores of each island, building all day Saturday to high surf warning levels Saturday night through Sunday night. Large wave run up and coastal impacts are expected, especially during the late afternoon high tides.
In light of the anticipated swells, DLNR Division of State Parks (DSP) will be closing the following beach park on Saturday and possibly Sunday based on impact and assessment.
w Hawai’i Island: Hāpuna State Recreation Area, Kua Bay, and Kekaha Kai.
w Maui: Mākena State Park will be open on Saturday and based on monitoring and discussion with Maui County Ocean Safety Officers, may close on Sunday.
w O’ahu: Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline on the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse trail is an area of concern. The tide pools remain closed. Ignoring this closure may be extremely hazardous due to the anticipated high surf. Keawa’ula section of Ka’ena Point State Park may also be subject to closure.
The warning may be extended or modified as conditions develop. For updated information on ocean and weather alerts, visit the NWS website, www.weather.gov/hfo.
For up-to-date information about Kaua‘i ocean conditions and ocean safety, please speak to a county lifeguard at any lifeguard station, visit www.hawaiibeachsafety.com, or call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 808-241-4984.
Source: The Garden Island