UPDATE: Additional Beaches Close as High Surf Continues
***Update posted at 5:25 p.m. to add additional beach closures***
Hawai’i County Civil Defense announced Thursday afternoon that additional beaches and beach parks have been closed due to high surf along West facing shores.
The additional beach closures include OTEC, Four Seasons, Kapa’a, Kekaha Kai State Park (both the Kua Bay and Mahiulu sections), and Lapakahi State Historical Park.
Damage assessment is underway at Hapuna Beach State Park, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Initial findings show damage to the north lifeguard tower and to the water line, impacting water service to the park’s restrooms. Additionally, sand is covering walkways, beach side showers, and the park’s naupaka hedges.
The DNLR plans to open affected state parks Friday after conditions are assessed.
***Original story posted at 7:52 a.m.***
Hawai’i County Civil Defense has altered the public to additional beach closures following the National Weather Service’s High Surf Warning for West facing shores, extended through 6 p.m. Friday.
The following beaches, including those mentioned Wednesday, will remain closed: Laaloa or Magic Sands in Kona, Kahaluu Beach in Kona, Kohanaiki Beach in Kona, Ooma, Old Airport Park, Hapuna Beach Park, Kaunaoa or Mauna Kea Beach, and Mahukona Park.
Officials say that surf heights are expected to reach 15 to 20 feet along West facing shores, causing dangerous surf conditions.
Additionally, run up and surge has been witnessed along the Ali’i Drive and Puako Beach Drive areas.
Those who live along the coast have been advised by Civil Defense to take necessary precautions. Motorists driving along coastal areas have been advised to be alert for possible debris and ponding on roadways.