January 8, 2010 – Kona, Hawaii
VIDEO by David Corrigan
Waves were better for surfing on Thursday, as a change in wind direction made for less choppy rides.
Most Kona sided beaches were closed for the second day in a row due to high surf that the National weather Service predicted could swell to nearly 20 feet.
Kahaluu , Laaloa , Hookena , Milolii, Kukio, Ooma, Kohanaiki, Mauna Kea and Maumae Beaches remained closed due to dangerous surf conditions. State Parks also now reported the closure of Hapuna and Wailea Beach parks.
That didn’t stop experienced surfers and bodyboarders from getting out on the water and doing what they enjoy. The footage of the surfers shown here is from Lymans, and the bodyboarding video is from La`aloa. Both scenes were filmed late in the day on Thursday, a few hours before sunset.
On Friday, Civil Defense issued the following update:
A high surf advisory is in effect for the west facing shores of Hawaii Island. The Ocean Safety Division reports the closure of Kahaluu Beach Park, Laaloa Beach Park, Hookena Beach Park, and Milolii Beach Park in Kona due to dangerous surf conditions. Other locations reported closed include Kukio, Mauna Kea, Ooma, Kohanaiki, Maumae Beaches and Mahukona Warf due to high surf. The high surf advisory is expected to remain in effect until 6:00PM Saturday evening. Thank you and have a safe day.