High Surf Advisory in Effect for West-Facing Shores Until Monday Morning

January 23, 2022, 8:56 AM HST
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The National Weather Service in Honolulu has downgraded the high surf warning for west-facing shores of the Big Island to a high surf advisory, to include North and South Kohala and North and South Kona, through Monday morning, according to Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

Surf along exposed west-facing shores will ease to around advisory levels through today as a west-northwest swell that peaked Saturday begins to move out. The new advisory is in effect through 6 a.m. Monday. Surf of 7-10 feet is forecast along west-facing shores.

A new, west-northwest swell arriving by tonight, however, will support advisory-level surf continuing through tonight, according to the National Weather Service. A gradual downward trend is expected late Monday through midweek.

A high surf advisory means strong breaking waves, shore break and rip currents can make swimming difficult and dangerous.

Due to the advisory, Civil Defense says the following are in effect:

  • Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution.
  • Kahalu‘u Beach Park is closed today because of the impact and debris.
  • Other beaches could close without notice.

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