National Weather Service Predicts Monster Swell for Hawaiian Islands

by Sarah Webb January 22, 2014

National Weather Service high surf advisory Hawaiian Islands

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According to the National Weather Service, Hawaii is in for some epic swell action this week.  A predicted 40 to 50-foot swell is expected to hit the north and west facing shores of a few Hawaiian islands:  Oahu, Molokai and Maui.  West-facing beaches on Oahu and Molokai could see waves between 20 and 30 feet.  The National Weather Service predicts 12 to 18-foot waves on the western shores of the big island.

Great Surf, Not So Great Conditions

Despite the giant winter waves barreling down on the Hawaiian Islands this week, the organizers of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surfing event have postponed it until better conditions appear.  The National Weather Service also predicted cold front to be moving in this week, meaning rains and winds upwards of 25 miles will also be arriving with the waves.  "The size is there, but the quality is not, due to strong, adverse winds," event organizer Glen Moncata told The Honolulu Star Advertiser.  "We will continue to wait for the right conditions."

The National Weather Service Report

National Weather Service high surf advisoryAccording to the National Weather Service, "Giant breaking surf...very large shorebreak...and dangerous currents will make it extremely hazardous to approach the shoreline.  Anyone approaching the shoreline could face significant injury or death."  Along with possible risk to human life, the National Weather Service predicts that "coastal inundation" and "property damage" is possible, including closed roads and blocked harbors.  Check out the full report from the National Weather Service here.


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