KONA, Hawaii – A High Surf Warning is in effect for the Big Island of Hawaii, and a number of Kona-side beaches have already been closed.
Already closed, according to county officials: Hapuna Beach, Kahalu’u, La’aloa (Magic Sands), Kohanaiki (Pine Trees), and the public beach areas of Kukio and Four Seasons Resort. UPDATE: Added to the closure list: Kapa’a, Mahukona, and Kauona (Mauna Kea Beach)
UPDATE (4:45 p.m.): Civil Defense says the OTEC beach area has been added to the list of closures.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources also added the Kua Bay section of Kekaha Kai State Park to the closed list. “The Mahaiula section of Kekaha Kai is more protected,” wrote DLNR ,”so will remain open for the present and will be monitored by State Parks staff.”
Lapakahi State Historical Park is also closed, “due to waves breaking over the coastal trail area”, DLNR reports.
DLNR also went ito detail about the closure of the popular Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area:
Hawaii County Civil Defense said in an alert message (click above to hear) that the warning will be in effect until at least 6 p.m. Saturday.
The National Weather Service says the large northwest swell will keep hazardous surf through Saturday. “The swell has more of a westerly component than normal,” meteorologists say, “so west facing shores of the Big Island will see much larger than normal surf.”
From the high surf warning posted to the National Weather Service website: