HILO, Hawaii – A High Surf Warning remains in effect for the Island of Hawaii remains through today.
Hawaii County Civil Defense reported various beach park closures in Keaukaha Tuesday morning due to dangerous surf conditions.
The closed beaches are:
- Richardson Beach Park
- Leleiwi Beach Park
- Carlsmith Park
- James Kealoha Park
- Onekahakaha Park
The National Weather Service said the warning-level surf is associated with a very large north-northwest swell, that will continue to impact the exposed north and west facing beaches through today. Forecasters say the surf should drop to advisory levels by this evening and hold through tonight, then below advisory levels Wednesday.
The National Weather Service expects the following impacts:
- Surf: 25 to 35 ft along north and west facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, and Molokai, and north facing shores of Oahu,Maui and the Big Island early, lowering to 18 to 25 ft in the afternoon. Surf 18 to 25 ft along west facing shores of Oahu, lowering to 15 to 20 ft in the afternoon.
- Timing: surf will gradually subside through the day from west to east, while remaining above warning levels. Surf will drop to advisory levels tonight along the exposed shores and likely below advisory-levels Wednesday.
- Impacts: high. Expect ocean water occasionally sweeping across portions of beaches, very strong breaking waves and strong longshore and rip currents. Breaking waves may occasionally impact harbors making navigating the harbor channel dangerous.