Current conditions at Chun’s Reef Support Park

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High Surf Advisory

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 3:02pm to Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 6:00pm
Issued Friday, March 22, 2019 - 3:02pm

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, March 22, 2019 - 4:15pm

Weather

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82°F
A Few Clouds
Winds from the East at 13.8 gusting to 21.9 MPH (12 gusting to 19 KT)

Surf

SURF ALONG NORTH FACING SHORES WILL BE 12 TO 16 FEET THROUGH SATURDAY.

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Beach ID: 63

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 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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