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West Hawai’i Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Surf

January 24, 2015, 11:33 AM HST
* Updated January 24, 11:40 AM
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High surf created by a strong northwest swell continues to keep beaches and beach parks closed throughout West Hawai’i.

Just before 9 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service extended the High Surf Warning posted for West facing shores of the Big Island. Forecasts call for 10-15 foot surf to continue impacting the leeward side of the island through the night.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense and the State Department of Land and Natural Resources announced that the following areas remained closed because of the dangerous surf conditions: Magic Sands, Kahalu’u, Kohanaiki, Ooma, Old Airport Park, OTEC, Kona Coast Beach Park, Four Seasons, Hapuna, Kaunaoa, Mahukona, Lapakahi State Historical Park, Kekaha Kai State Park (Kua Bay and Mahaiula sections), and Kapa’a Beach Park.

DLNR announced Friday afternoon that its state parks will not open until ocean and park conditions are safe for the public. At Hapuna Beach, the North side lifeguard tower received damage from the heavy surf, and sand was spread out to the park’s walkways, showers, and naupaka hedges.

The water line at Hapuna Beach was also damaged. According to DLNR, repairs are planned to restore water service to the park’s restrooms. Until that is done, portable toilets will be available for public use.

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