Primarily for beachgoers and surfers
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
000 FZHW52 PHFO 161345 SRFHFO SURF ZONE FORECAST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI 400 AM HST WED APR 16 2014 HIZ005>011 170200 OAHU 400 AM HST WED APR 16 2014 HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR EAST FACING SHORES SURF ON THE EAST SHORE WILL BE 6 TO 8 FEET TODAY DECREASING TO 5 TO 7 FEET TONIGHT AND THURSDAY. SURF ON THE NORTH SHORE WILL BE 3 TO 5 FEET TODAY INCREASING TO 6 TO 8 FEET THURSDAY. SURF ALONG THE WEST SHORE WILL BE 1 TO 2 FEET TODAY INCREASING TO 2 TO 4 FEET THURSDAY. SURF ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE WILL BE 1 TO 3 FEET THROUGH THURSDAY. OUTLOOK THROUGH TUESDAY APRIL 22: THE ONGOING HIGH SURF OVER THE EAST FACING SHORES IS EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY SUBSIDE FROM TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT THEN BUILD AGAIN OVER THE WEEKEND. A MODERATE WEST NORTHWEST SWELL WILL ARRIVE ON WEDNESDAY PEAKING ON THURSDAY THEN GRADUALLY SUBSIDING THROUGH SATURDAY. 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. $$
[4/16/2014 4:00:00 AM]
WEATHER CONDITIONA Few Clouds
from the Northeast at 15.0 gusting to 20.7 MPH (13 gusting to 18 KT)
AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES
Information and Beach Analysis
From Hakipuu, going mauka, because the pali projected into the sea, Hiiaka found and killed Mokolii, a moo, cut off his tail and threw it in the sea and hence the island of Mokolii, near Kualoa. His body formed the lowland makai, below the pali of Kualoa. Collection of Hawaiian Antiquities and Folklore, 1916-1920 Abraham Fornander
Kualoa Regional Park, one of five parks on the shore of Kane’ohe Bay, is listed in the National Register of Historical Places. Kualoa means "long back," but may be translated symbolically as "long ancestral background." The name may refer to the time when O’ahu’s chiefs brought their children here to be trained as rulers and to learn the traditions of their heritage. In deference to the sacredness of Kualoa, canoes passing by had to lower their sails. The plains of Kualoa that make up the beach park were called ‘Apua.
Kualoa Regional Park is fronted by a narrow sand beach. The ocean bottom off the beach is shallow, a mixture of reef and sand pockets. The center of the beach is called Hokule’a Beach in honor of the famous Hawaiian voyaging canoe. Hokule’a landed here in 1988 to conclude a voyage from Tahiti, and the beach was named in honor of this event.
This description is taken from John R. K. Clark's book - Beaches of Oahu (Revised Edition) 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.