Current conditions at Flat Island

Active Alerts

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

No conditions available

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

Offshore

Caution

Be cautious and maintain alert for choppy seas, currents, and breaking waves. Users of kayaks and other unpowered craft must be aware of strong wind, wave, and current conditions that can carry you offshore, and are capable of changing unexpectedly.
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
Learn more about these rating signs and alerts. Ratings updated Friday, March 22, 2019 - 5:00pm

Weather

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78°F
Partly Cloudy
Winds Northeast at 10.4 MPH (9 KT)

Surf

SURF ALONG EAST FACING SHORES WILL BE 3 TO 5 FEET THROUGH SATURDAY.

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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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