Warning-level surf closes West Hawaii beaches
Several West Hawaii beaches are closed Monday amid a second day of warning-level surf along west-facing shores of Hawaii Island.
Kahaluu Beach Park, Laaloa Beach Park (also known as Magic Sands) and Hapuna State Recreation Air are closed because of the surf, reports the Hawaii County Civil Defense.
The high surf warning for the island’s west-facing shores remains in effect until 6 p.m. today, according to National Weather Service forecasters in Honolulu.
A strong low far northwest of the main Hawaiian islands has generated a large northwest swell that is producing dangerously large surf along exposed west-facing shores of Hawaii Island, according to forecasters. The surf is expected to diminish today, however, forecasters expect another swell that’s on the way to bring more high surf.
The service forecast waves ranging in height from 10 to 15 feet along west-facing shores.
The service categorized the surf’s impact as “very high.”
The public is advised to expect ocean water surging and sweeping across beaches, coastal benches and lava flows creating the potential for damage to coastal property and infrastructure, including roadways. Powerful longshore and rip currents will be present at most beaches. Large breaking waves and strong currents may impact harbor entrances and channels.
The service cautioned that only highly experienced people should enter the water because of large breaking surf and dangerous currents. The public is advised to heed all advice given by ocean safety officials.