Hawaii Beach Safety


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Hawaii beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. They are also among the most dangerous because of large waves and strong currents.


This Website

This Website was established through cooperation between Hawaii Lifeguard Association, City & County of Honolulu, County of Maui, Hawaii Department of Health, Hawaii Tourism Authority, and the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology as a non-profit venture.


Our Goal

The goal of HawaiiBeachSafety.org is to give Hawaii beach users timely and accurate information for choosing a beach destination appropriate to their ocean skill level.

The Website provides wave and beach hazard information that is updated every 10 minutes based on forecasts by the National Weather Service. Three signs are employed to rate Hawaii's life-guarded beaches (“Caution”, “High Hazard”, and “Extreme Hazard”). Because conditions at beaches change quickly we encourage you to check back often for the latest information. Additionally, other factors, such as beach closures, road closures, stinging jellyfish, shark sightings, and other events are posted on the site when available.

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable time while visiting Hawaii's beaches. This is best achieved by choosing the appropriate beach as you plan your daily activities.


Rating Signs

Beach hazard rating signs are designed to help you identify a beach that is appropriate to your ocean skill level. The system is similar to the difficulty signs used at ski resorts. Life-guarded beaches are rated based on ocean conditions and known beach hazards, just as a ski resort rates ski slopes on steepness or complexity. A skilled skier may look for the most difficult challenges on a mountain, whereas a novice will look for the least. Browse to the "Explanation" page for more information about the signs.


Encouraged Use

We encourage you to use this site to make an aware and informed decision based on the latest information. When you get to the beach, be sure to check with the lifeguards for problems and hazards that you should be aware of. Life guards are stationed at the most popular beaches to provide information and assist you in case of an emergency. It is far better to recognize that a beach is too dangerous and move to another, than to attempt entering the ocean and risk injury.


Features of this Website

As this Website continues to develop, we plan to introduce features that make additional and important information available to you. A daily email report giving an overview of daily conditions is available. RSS feeds are designed to stream the latest conditions as they are updated. Cell phone and SMS messaging are slated to be supported as well. A Google-Earth venue is also planned. Sign up for more information and we'll keep you up-to-date as improvements are made.