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Hawaii's ocean and beach conditions are as unique as the islands themselves. This website constantly monitors the surf, wind, and reports from public safety officials that directly affect the conditions for safety of Hawaiian beaches. Use the hazard signs below to quickly assess conditions and help you find the appropriate beach for your visit.
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Hazard Ratings

Choose a beach that best matches your ability and comfort level in the water. For the safest beach experience select beaches with a normal caution level identified (yellow square).

Caution

Approach with caution, conditions can change. This is the safest level of nearshore or offshore conditions.

High Hazard

Conditions are hazardous. People are advised to stay out of the ocean.

Extreme

Conditions are extremely hazardous. People are advised to stay out of the ocean.

No conditions available

Conditions do not apply to this location, for example offshore islands have no nearshore rating.

CLOSED

Beach is closed.

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Shores

Two ratings are calculated for each beach. Choose the appropriate rating based on your activity.

BEACH & NEARSHORE

This describes the beach, shoreline and surf conditions. This information is important to beach goers, swimmers, snorkelers and surfers.

OFFSHORE

This describes the ocean conditions. This information is important for kayakers and boaters.

Active Alerts

Box Jelly Fish
Aug 29 2016 (All day)
As of 1130am, 3 Box Jelly fish stings were recorded by lifeguards at Pokai Bay. Box Jelly fish warning signs posted, please inquire from the lifeguard tower.

High Surf Advisory
Aug 29 2016 - 3:59pm to Sep 1 2016 - 6:00am

...HIGH WARNING FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF EAST MAUI... ...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF KAUAI...OAHU... MOLOKAI...AND WEST MAUI... .HURRICANE MADELINE IS GENERATING LARGE SWELLS THAT... more

Flash Flood Watch
Aug 29 2016 - 3:59pm to Sep 2 2016 - 6:00am

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE BIG ISLAND ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY... .ALTHOUGH SOME UNCERTAINTY REMAINS REGARDING THE TRACK OF HURRICANE MADELINE...DEEP MOISTURE ASSOCIATED WITH THE HURRICANE IS... more

Hurricane Watch
Aug 29 2016 -
5:00pm to 11:00pm

.HURRICANE MADELINE HAWAII 19.65N 155.50W

Hurricane Watch
Aug 29 2016 -
5:00pm to 11:00pm

.HURRICANE MADELINE HAWAII 19.65N 155.50W