Current statements, watches, advisories, and warnings for Hawaii beaches. These advisories are distributed by City and County Lifeguards, the National Weather Service, and the State of Hawaii Department of Health.

The information on this Website is intended to assist you in making an aware and informed decision in choosing a beach destination appropriate to your personal ocean skill level. Hawaii Beach Safety strives to deliver the most accurate, timely information available to promote a positive beach experience. These alerts are provided for your informational purposes only.

Active Alerts

High Surf Warning

Thursday, February 11, 2016 -
3:44am to 6:00pm

...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU AND MOLOKAI...

...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI...

...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR WEST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...

.A VERY LARGE NORTH-NORTHWEST SWELL WILL SLOWLY DIMINISH TODAY... THEN DECLINE FURTHER TONIGHT AND FRIDAY. DANGEROUSLY LARGE AND POWERFUL SURF WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES TODAY.

...HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THIS EVENING...

* SURF...ALONG NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU AND KAUAI AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF OAHU MOLOKAI AND MAUI...25 TO 35 FEET THIS MORNING...DECREASING TO 20 TO 30 FEET DURING THE AFTERNOON. ALONG WEST FACING SHORES OF OAHU AND MOLOKAI...17 TO 25 FEET THIS MORNING...DECREASING TO 14 TO 20 FEET DURING THE AFTERNOON. ALONG WEST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...8 TO 12 FEET THROUGH TODAY.

* TIMING...THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...VERY HIGH...EXPECT OCEAN WATER SURGING AND SWEEPING ACROSS BEACHES...COASTAL BENCHES...AND LAVA FLOWS CREATING THE POTENTIAL FOR IMPACTS TO COASTAL PROPERTIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE...INCLUDING ROADWAYS. POWERFUL LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS WILL BE PRESENT AT MOST BEACHES. LARGE BREAKING WAVES AND STRONG CURRENTS MAY IMPACT HARBOR ENTRANCES AND CHANNELS CAUSING CHALLENGING BOAT HANDLING.

Beaches: Aliʻi Beach Park, Bellows Field Beach, Ehukai Beach, Haleʻiwa Beach, Kailua Beach, Flat Island, Mokulua Islands, Maili Beach, Makaha Beach, Makapuʻu Beach, Rabbit Island, Nanakuli Beach, Depot's Beach, Pokai Beach, Keawaʻula Beach, Sunset Beach, Chun's Reef, Laniakea Beach, Waimanalo Bay, Waimanalo Beach, Waimea Bay, Chinaman's Hat, KeʻWaena Beach, Kualoa Regional Park, D.T. Fleming Park, Kanaha Beach Park, Baldwin Beach Park, Hoʻokipa Beach Park, Spencer Beach Park, White Sands Beach Park, Kahaluʻu Beach Park, Hapuna Beach Park, Haena Beach Park, Keʻe Beach, Hanalei Bay, Anahola Beach Park, Kealia Beach Park , Lydgate Beach, Lydgate Pond, Poipu Beach Park, Salt Pond Beach Park, Kekaha Beach Park

High Surf Advisory

Thursday, February 11, 2016 -
3:44am to 6:00pm

...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU AND MOLOKAI...

...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI...

...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR WEST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...

.A VERY LARGE NORTH-NORTHWEST SWELL WILL SLOWLY DIMINISH TODAY... THEN DECLINE FURTHER TONIGHT AND FRIDAY. DANGEROUSLY LARGE AND POWERFUL SURF WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES TODAY.

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THIS EVENING...

* SURF...ALONG NORTH FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...12 TO 16 FEET.

* TIMING...THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...MODERATE...EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES...SHORE BREAK...AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS.

Beaches: Ahalanui Park, Richardson Ocean Park, Leleiwi Beach Park, Pohoiki Beach, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Carlsmith Beach Park, Honoliʻi Beach Park

Upcoming Alerts

Hanauma Bay Closure
Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Dec 27 2016.
Feb 16 2016 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Feb 23 2016 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Mar 1 2016 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Closure
Mar 8 2016 (All day)
Beaches: Hanauma Bay

Types of Alerts

These alerts are listed in order of lowest-to-highest order of concern.

  • Statement

    A statement is issued to advise the community regarding events that are scheduled or can be reasonably predicted to happen that may affect beach or ocean usage.
  • Watch

    A watch is issued to allow time for preparation for a beach event.
  • Advisory

    An advisory is issued when events are occurring that are not a direct threat to life or property.
  • Warning

    Warnings are issued when a beach event is occurring or imminent and action is needed to protect life and property.
  • Closure

    Access to this city beach park is being denied for public safety purposes.

Emergency Information

Phone Weather Recordings

Kauai
  • Kauai Forecast (808) 245-6001
  • Kauai Marine Forecast (808) 245-356
Oahu
  • Oahu Forecast incl Honolulu & Vicinity (808) 973-5286
  • Oahu Forecast (808) 973-4380 or 973-4381
  • Marine Forecast (808) 973-4382
  • Surf Observations and Forecast (808) 973-4383
  • Coastal Winds and Buoy Observations (808) 973-6114
Maui
  • Maui Community Forecast (808) 877-5111
  • Maui Marine Forecast (866) 944-5025
Hawaii (Big Island)
  • Hilo and vicinity Forecast (808) 935-8555
  • Big Island Forecast (808) 961-5582
  • Big Island Marine Forecast (808) 935-9883