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Hawaii Island Information Update for December 31st, 2019

A High Surf Warning for the West Shores of Hawaii Island remains in effect until 6 am Wednesday morning (January 1st, 2020).


Due to the High Surf Warning, the following beaches have been closed: Mahukona Wharf, Spencer Beach Park, Kauna'oa and Mau'umae Beaches will remain closed through today. Also, camping permits at Spencer Beach Park have been suspended for today as well. The conditions will be reassessed tomorrow morning.


No Rescues have been reported as of 10:00 am Tuesday morning.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense reports High Surf Warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) has forced the closure of several Kohala Coast beaches Tuesday morning (December 31st).


The following beaches have been closed due to the High Surf:

  • Mau'umae Beach

  • Kauna'oa Beach (Maunakea Beach)

  • Spencer Beach Park*

  • Mahukona Wharf

Also, camping permits for Spencer Beach Park for Tuesday, December 31st, 2019, have also been suspended due to the High Surf.


Reports from HIRSC team moderators and also Admin Ben reports swelling facing from chest to over-head size surf was spotted at Mau'umae Beach and also Anaeho'omalu Bay (which still remains open at this time). Chest to head high sets were also reported at Manini'owali Bay (Kua Bay) and at Mahia'ula Bay. Lifeguards at Kua Bay have also posted warning signs to warn beachgoers of high surf conditions.


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) including Ocean Safety reports no ocean rescues or surf-related injuries have occurred or been reported as of 10:30 am Tuesday morning.