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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

Hanauma Bay Closed Sunday July 24
Jul 23 2016 - 4:00pm to Jul 24 2016 - 4:00pm

Hanauma Bay will be closed to the public on Sunday, July 24 as a precautionary measure due to Tropical Storm Darby. City officials will evaluate the situation Sunday afternoon to determine whether... more

High Surf Advisory
Jul 23 2016 - 4:08pm to Jul 24 2016 - 6:00pm

...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI... ...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR EAST FACING SHORES OF MOLOKAI OAHU AND KAUAI... .LARGE AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING SURF FROM TROPICAL... more

Tropical Storm Warning
Jul 23 2016 - 5:55pm to Jul 24 2016 - 2:00am

...DARBY MOVING OVER MAUNA LOA SLOPES... .NEW INFORMATION... THIS IS THE UPDATED LOCAL STATEMENT BASED ON THE 5 PM CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER ADVISORY. .AREAS AFFECTED... THIS LOCAL STATEMENT... more

Tropical Storm Warning
Jul 23 2016 - 5:55pm to Jul 24 2016 - 2:00am

...DARBY MOVING OVER MAUNA LOA SLOPES... .NEW INFORMATION... THIS IS THE UPDATED LOCAL STATEMENT BASED ON THE 5 PM CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER ADVISORY. .AREAS AFFECTED... THIS LOCAL STATEMENT... more

Tropical Storm Warning
Jul 23 2016 - 5:55pm to Jul 24 2016 - 2:00am

...DARBY MOVING OVER MAUNA LOA SLOPES... .NEW INFORMATION... THIS IS THE UPDATED LOCAL STATEMENT BASED ON THE 5 PM CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER ADVISORY. .AREAS AFFECTED... THIS LOCAL STATEMENT... more

Tropical Storm Warning
Jul 23 2016 - 5:55pm to Jul 24 2016 - 2:00am

...DARBY MOVING OVER MAUNA LOA SLOPES... .NEW INFORMATION... THIS IS THE UPDATED LOCAL STATEMENT BASED ON THE 5 PM CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER ADVISORY. .AREAS AFFECTED... THIS LOCAL STATEMENT... more

Flash Flood Watch
Jul 23 2016 - 6:05pm to Jul 24 2016 - 6:00pm

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH THROUGH SUNDAY FOR THE BIG ISLAND MAUI MOLOKAI LANAI AND KAHOOLAWE... ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT FOR OAHU... ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY... more

Flash Flood Watch
Jul 23 2016 - 6:05pm to Jul 25 2016 - 6:00am

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH THROUGH SUNDAY FOR THE BIG ISLAND MAUI MOLOKAI LANAI AND KAHOOLAWE... ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT FOR OAHU... ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE... more

Flood Advisory
Jul 23 2016 -
7:58pm to 11:00pm

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... THE ISLAND OF HAWAII IN HAWAII COUNTY * UNTIL 1100 PM HST * AT 756 PM HST...RADAR INDICATED A LARGE AREA OF... more