UPDATE: Large Surf Closes Bayfront Highway, Beach Parks
***Updated at 4:25 p.m. to include updated closure information from Hawai’i County Civil Defense.***
Hawai’i County Civil Defense has added Leileiwi Beach Park and Richardsons Beach Park to the list of beach and ocean area closures. High surf and debris are the cause for the closures.
It is unknown when these beaches and beach parks will reopen.
***Original story posted at 8:16 a.m.***
A High Surf Warning for east facing shores of the Big Island that was extended through 6 a.m. Wednesday has prompted the closure of Bayfront Highway between Pauahi Street and Waianuenue Avenue.
In addition, four beach parks have been closed, including Coconut Island, Onekahakaha, Kealoha, the Bayfront Canoe area, and Laupahoehoe Boat Ramp.
Large swells being produced by Hurricane Ignacio have been expected to produce the warning level surf and coastal inundation along east facing shores.
The National Weather Service say surf may rise to as much as 10 to 15 feet, building throughout the day Tuesday.
On Wednesday, a swell from Hurricane Jimena will reinforce the large surf and persist until the weekend.
A High Surf Warning is also in effect for east facing shores on Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, and Maui.