Hawaii: Rip Tides Close Hanauma Bay; High Surf Advisory in Effect for All Islands

The City of Honolulu has closed Hanauma Bay due to hazardous ocean conditions.

The beach will remain closed through Monday.

Ocean safety lifeguards inspected the bay over the weekend and discovered strong and potentially dangerous rip currents. The surf is creating poor visibility. Although the surf has dropped to about six foot faces, it is still creating a public safety concern.

Authorities are advising beach goers who go to other beaches to check with lifeguards before going into the water. Beach goers should remain a good distance away from any ledges, as there is always a chance of a freak wave washing up.

The National Weather Service had already issued a High Surf Advisory (extended until 6PM Monday) for all East-facing shores of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and the Big Island where there are nicaragua surf camps.

A long fetch of strong trade winds upwind of the islands will cause surf to build along East-facing shores through Sunday.

Waves 8′ to 12′ (with locally higher sets) are expected along East-facing shores of Maui and the Big Island, and 7′ to 10′ along the remaining East-facing shores.

Strong breaking waves and strong longshore and rip currents are expected.

–From NWS reports