High Surf Closes Beaches, Water Access in West Hawai‘i

January 26, 2020, 10:59 AM HST (Updated January 26, 2020, 10:59 AM)

The National Weather Service high surf advisory continues for west-facing shores of Hawai‘i Island for Kohala, Kona, and Kā‘u Districts through Monday.

A high surf advisory means surf will be higher than normal, shore break and dangerous currents could cause injury or death.

Due to the high surf advisory, the following are issued:

  • Ocean Safety officials report Kua Bay is closed Sunday
  • Kahalu‘u, La‘aloa and Hapuna Beach Parks will remain open, however, water entry will remain closed today.

Please be advised that other beaches may be closed without notice.


Beach-goers, swimmers and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution.

A small craft advisory also remains in effect until 6 p.m. HST Sunday evening.

What: Seas 9 to 14 feet. East to northeast winds 10 to 25 knots, strongest through the Alenuihaha and Pailolo channels, as well as the waters south of the Big Island.

Affected Areas: All coastal Hawaiian waters.

Impacts: Conditions will be hazardous to small craft.


A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 25 to 33 knots and/or seas 10 feet or greater are expected to produce conditions hazardous to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these conditions.



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