UPDATE (Jan. 15) – The High Surf Warning for Hawaii Island is no longer in effect. Currently, a High Surf Advisory is in place for west-facing shores.
(BIVN) – A High Surf Warning remains in effect for north and west facing shores of Hawaii Island.
A handful of county beaches were closed on Sunday: Mahukona Beach Park (North Kohala), Kauna’oa Bay (South Kohala), and Coconut Island Beach Park (Hilo) were closed until further notice.
The dangerously high surf will continue along north and west facing shores into Monday before gradually trending down, the National Weather Service said at 3:46 p.m. HST. Forecasters say surf heights of 15 to 25 feet are expected for exposed north facing shores of the Big Island, “mainly in the Puna District.”
Greatest potential for coastal impacts will be with the high tide early Monday morning.