Current conditions at Chun’s Reef Support Park

Beach & Nearshore

Extreme Hazard

Conditions are extremely hazardous. People are advised to stay out of the ocean.
Primarily for beachgoers and surfers

Offshore

Extreme Hazard

Offshore conditions are extremely dangerous. Kayakers and users of other unpowered craft are advised to stay out of the ocean.
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
Learn more about these rating signs and alerts. Ratings updated Friday, February 24, 2017 - 11:45am

Weather

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76°F
Mostly Cloudy
Winds from the Northeast at 15.0 gusting to 20.7 MPH (13 gusting to 18 KT)

Surf

SURF ALONG NORTH FACING SHORES WILL BE 6 TO 10 FEET TODAY...THEN

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Beach ID: 63

Getting There

Chun’s Reef Support Park is located on the Oahu North Shore.

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Background

The surf site Chun’s Reef was named for John Chun, a former resident of Kawailoa, who owned a two-story house nearby on a long lane that parallels Kamehameha Highway. All of Chun’s children were avid surfers, but not at the surf site fronting their home. That site, now called Leftovers, has a rocky shore that was hard on surfboards in the pre-leash days of the 1950s and 60s. Loose surfboards lost in wipeouts ended up on the rocks, where they were often damaged. Surfers swimming after their boards also had to contend with a shallow reef inshore that was covered with sea urchins. The Chun children surfed more often at another surf site nearby that was free of rocks and sea urchins. A close family friend, Edna Reese, named it "Chun’s Reef," and by the 1960s the name was well established. Today, Chun’s reef is one of the North Shore’s famous surf sites.

Chun’s Reef Support Park is a small undeveloped parcel of land owned by the City and County of Honolulu on the inland side of Kamehameha Highway at Chun’s Reef. Surfers cross the wide sand beach fronting the park to reach several surf sites besides Chun’s Reef, including Pidleys and Jocko’s.

This description is from John R. K. Clark’s book - Beaches of Oahu (Revised Edition) published and available for purchase from the University of Hawaiʻi Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing his beach descriptions for use on this site.
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