Current conditions at Haʻena Beach Park

Active Alerts

High Surf Advisory

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 6:53pm to Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 6:00pm
Issued Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 6:53pm

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 Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 6:55pm

Weather

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75°F
Light Rain
Winds West at 8.1 MPH (7 KT)

Surf

SURF ALONG NORTH FACING SHORES WILL BE 15 TO 20 FEET, RISING TO 18 TO 22 FEET TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY.

Tower Reports

Surf NW 10 to 15 feet (face height)
Wind NE 5 to 10 mph

Recommended Activities

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Beach ID: 810

Background

Haʻena Beach Park occupies the low, vegetated sand dunes located along the backshore of Maniniholo Beach. The wide bay offshore is bordered by two large reefs, Makua Reef to the east and Hauwa Reef to the west, but no reef protects the beach itself. It is completely exposed to the open ocean. During periods of high surf, particularly during the winter and spring, waves funnel unchecked directly into the beach, creating very dangerous water conditions, particularly a pounding shorebreak, a strong backwash, and powerful rip Currents. The foreshore of the beach is always steep, a good indication of the erosive force of the annual high surf. Over the years Haʻena Beach Park has been the site of a number of drownings and many near-drownings. Swimmers and bodysurfers in the shorebreak are usually the victims.

The park and its public facilities are located on Highway 56 across the road from Maniniholo Dry Cave.

This description is from John R. K. Clark's Beaches Series: Beaches of Oʻahu, Beaches of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau, Beaches of Maui County, and Beaches of the Big Island published and available for purchase from the University of Hawaiʻi Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing beach descriptions for use on this site.
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