Primarily for beachgoers and surfers
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
000 FZHW52 PHFO 210145 SRFHFO SURF ZONE FORECAST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI 400 PM HST SUN APR 20 2014 HIZ005>011 211400 OAHU 400 PM HST SUN APR 20 2014 HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR THE EAST SHORE SURF ALONG THE EAST SHORE WILL BE 5 TO 8 FEET THIS EVENING INCREASING TO 6 TO 9 FEET MONDAY. SURF ALONG THE NORTH SHORE WILL BE 3 TO 5 FEET THIS EVENING LOWERING TO 2 TO 4 FEET MONDAY. SURF ALONG THE WEST SHORE WILL BE 3 TO 4 FEET THIS EVENING LOWERING TO 1 TO 3 FEET MONDAY. SURF ALONG SOUTH SHORE WILL BE 2 FEET OR LESS THROUGH MONDAY. OUTLOOK THROUGH SATURDAY APRIL 26: STRONG TRADE WINDS WILL PRODUCE ROUGH SURF ALONG THE EAST SHORE THROUGH TUESDAY. THE CURRENT NORTHWEST SWELL WILL SUBSIDE TONIGHT. THERE WILL BE A COUPLE OF SMALL NORTH NORTHWEST SWELLS EARLY IN THE WEEK BEFORE A LARGER NORTHWEST SWELL ARRIVES WEDNESDAY PEAKS THURSDAY THEN SLOWLY SUBSIDES THROUGH THE WEEK. SURF WILL REMAIN SMALL ON THE SOUTH SHORE. SURF HEIGHTS ARE FORECAST HEIGHTS OF THE FACE OR FRONT OF WAVES. THE SURF FORECAST IS BASED ON THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT THE AVERAGE HEIGHT OF THE ONE THIRD LARGEST WAVES IN THE ZONE OF MAXIMUM REFRACTION. SOME WAVES MAY BE MORE THAN TWICE AS HIGH AS THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT. EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER RIP CURRENTS IN OR NEAR ANY SURF ZONE. $$ DONALDSON
[4/20/2014 4:00:00 PM]
Southeast at 9.2 MPH (8 KT)
AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES
Information and Beach Analysis
The beautiful white sand beach at Hapuna stretches for over half a mile between the points of lava that form its boundaries. During the summer months, the beach is more than 200 feet wide-the widest white sand beach on the
The long, wide, flat white sand beach at Hapuna provides more than ample space for its many visitors. The beach slopes gently into the deeper offshore waters, where there are excellent opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and nearshore scuba diving. A shallow, protected, sand-bottomed cove at the northern end of the beach is an ideal place for little children to play in the water. Professional diving instructors also use this area to introduce novice snorkelers and scuba divers to the ocean.
At the southern end of the beach, enthusiastic swimmers have great fun jumping and diving into the ocean from several places in the sea cliffs. Plunging feet first into the water with the least possible splash was a popular ancient Hawaiian sport known as lelekawa. During the winter months, high surf often generates some excellent waves, particularly at the southern end of the beach, but state law permits only bodysurfing at Hapuna, thereby eliminating the serious conflicts that arise when board surfers compete with bodysurfers and swimmers for the same site. Fishing is good for both net and pole fishermen off the rocky points bordering the beach. Hapuna is in the driest area of the entire
The combination of ample, well-maintained public facilities, excellent beach conditions, and the wide range of possible shoreline activities have made Hapuna Beach State
During the calm summer months, Hapuna Beach State
This description is taken from John R. K. Clark's book - Beaches of the Big Islands which is published by University of Hawai'i Press and available from University of Hawai'i Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing his description of Hawaii's beaches to improve beach safety.