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PHOTOS: Big Waves on the Big Island

January 21, 2015, 1:49 PM HST
* Updated January 22, 9:11 PM
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A very large west-northwest swell will continue through Thursday. The swell peaked overnight Wednesday for the Big Island. Strong harbor surges and large breaking waves are expected at harbor entrances exposed to the swell. Mariners and oceangoers should use extreme caution when in and around the ocean. A High Surf Warning is in effect and several beaches have already been closed due to the large swell.

Click here for the latest list of beach closures.

Click here for a list of ocean alerts that are currently posted in addition to Malika Dudley’s daily surf report. 

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This photo shows damage to the Hapuna Beach State Park's north lifeguard tower. DNLR State Parks photo.

This photo shows damage to the Hapuna Beach State Park’s north lifeguard tower. DNLR State Parks photo.

O'oma (OTEC) 1.22.15 / Image: Sanoe Kauhane

O’oma (OTEC) 1.22.15 / Image: Sanoe Kauhane

Milolii 1.22.15 - Image: James William Schuler

Milolii 1.22.15 – Image: James William Schuler

Paniau 1.22.15 / Image: James Grenz

Paniau 1.22.15 / Image: James Grenz

Paniau 1.22.15 / Image: James Grenz

Paniau 1.22.15 / Image: James Grenz

Paniau 1.22.15 / Image: James Grenz

Paniau 1.22.15 / Image: James Grenz

Paniau 1.22.15 / Image: James Grenz

Paniau 1.22.15 / Image: James Grenz

Paniau 1.22.15 / Image: James Grenz

Paniau 1.22.15 / Image: James Grenz

Puako Boat Ramp 1.22.15 / Image: Alice Thigpen

Puako Boat Ramp 1.22.15 / Image: Alice Thigpen

At 4 a.m. locals report hearing the debris rolling into the road / Image: James Grenz

At 4 a.m. locals report hearing the debris rolling into the road / Image: James Grenz

At 4 a.m. locals report hearing the debris rolling into the road / Image: James Grenz

At 4 a.m. locals report hearing the debris rolling into the road / Image: James Grenz

At 4 a.m. locals report hearing the debris rolling into the road / Image: James Grenz

At 4 a.m. locals report hearing the debris rolling into the road / Image: James Grenz

At 4 a.m. locals report hearing the debris rolling into the road / Image: James Grenz

At 4 a.m. locals report hearing the debris rolling into the road / Image: James Grenz

Bite Me 1 expertly navigating the mouth of the Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Bite Me 1 expertly navigating the mouth of the Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Honokohau Harbor 1.21.15 / Image: Lola Ching

Banyans Surf 1.21.15 / Image: James Grenz

Banyans Surf 1.21.15 / Image: James Grenz

Banyans Surf 1.21.15 / Image: James Grenz

Banyans Surf 1.21.15 / Image: James Grenz

Banyans Surf 1.21.15 / Image: James Grenz

Banyans Surf 1.21.15 / Image: James Grenz

Lymans Surf 1.21.15 / Image: James Grenz

Lymans Surf 1.21.15 / Image: James Grenz

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