Current conditions at Flat Island

Beach & Nearshore

No conditions available

Shoreline conditions do not apply to this location.
Primarily for beachgoers and surfers

Offshore

High Hazard

Conditions are hazardous. Kayakers and users of other unpowered craft are encouraged to stay out of the ocean.
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
Learn more about these rating signs and alerts. Ratings updated Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 4:05pm

Weather

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84°F
Overcast
Winds Northeast at 11.5 MPH (10 KT)

Surf

SURF ALONG EAST FACING SHORES WILL BE 4 TO 6 FEET TONIGHT, LOWERING TO 3 TO 5 FEET SUNDAY.

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Beach ID: 20

Flat Island is also known as

Popoiʻa Island

Not lifeguarded.

Background

Popoiʻa Island, popularly known as Flat Island, is one quarter of a mile seaward of the boat ramp. Popoiʻa means rotten fish, and may refer to offerings that were left at a former fishing shrine in the middle of the island. The tsunami of 1946 destroyed the remnants of the shrine. Landing is permitted on the island's small sand beach, although Popoiʻa is part of the Hawaiʻi State Seabird Sanctuary. A popular surf site known as Flat Island breaks on a shallow reef on the island's south side.

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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