HILO, Hawaii – Two popular Hilo beach parks will remain closed through the weekend due to high surf impacts.
The debris clean-up effort will force the closure of Moku Ola, or Coconut Island, and Onekahakaha Beach Park.
The National Weather Service downgraded the High Surf Warning that was in place this week to a High Surf Advisory for the shores of Kohala, Hamakua, Hilo and Puna through Saturday evening. A High Surf Advisory means there is a moderate threat to life and property from the surf.
“The current northeast swell will continue to lower gradually tonight and Saturday,” the NWS Honolulu reports. “The high surf advisory for east facing shores will likely be lowered later tonight. A new northwest swell will continue to build in overnight, producing advisory level surf along exposed shorelines through Saturday.”
The eastern shores of the Big Island is expected to see 6 to 10 ft. high surf overnight, lowering to 4 to 7 feet