8-12+ foot
2-4+ foot foot
1-3 foot
3-5 foot

There will be an abundant amount of surf across the area through the weekend and on through most of next week. A new large northwest swell will peak today, then lower gradually tonight and early Sunday. High end advisory level surf is expected along exposed shorelines with this new swell. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for north and west facing shores of Kauai, Oahu, and Molokai; and along north facing shores of Maui. A larger north northwest swell is expected to fill in Sunday, peak Sunday night and early Monday, then lower gradually later Monday and Monday night. Warning level surf is expected during the peak of the swell. A large north-northeast swell is expected to fill in Tuesday, peak Tuesday night and Wednesday, then lower gradually Thursday and Friday. Advisory level surf is expected with this swell. Also, a small to moderate size northwest swell is on tap for the Wednesday through Friday time period. Finally, an east swell will keep surf elevated on east facing shores, especially Sunday through Tuesday when heights may rise to near advisory level.

Hawaii Wave Height Model

Hawaii Swell Period Model
Hawaii Swell Height Model

Tide Predictions

High tide at Kahului was 2.6 foot at 3:19 AM late last night, dropping to a low of 0.6 foot at 9:44 AM this morning, then rising to a high of 1.5 foot at 2:33 PM early this afternoon, before once again dropping to a low of -0.4 foot at 8:43 PM early this evening

The sunrise was at 07:02 am this morning and will set at 06:16 pm this evening. The Moon is currently 1 days old, and is in a New Moon phase. The next Waxing Crescent will occur at 4:19 AM on Saturday, February 4th.

Hawaii Wind Report

Maui Weather

Wind: n/a at 0 mph
current observations as of 1am December 17th, 2018

Weather Outlook for Saturday

A cold front from the northwest will reach Kauai this afternoon, then advance through rest of the island chain tonight and Sunday, bringing some clouds and showers. A breezy, cool and dry north to northeast flow will spread across the state behind the front. A stable and somewhat cool and dry trade wind flow is expected early next week as a high pressure passes north of the state. Winds will decrease and shift southerly late Wednesday and Thursday as another front approaches the state toward the next weekend.

A little more clouds have reached to the islands early this morning, with much of the clouds affecting Kauai and windward coastal waters of Maui county and the Big Island. Winds have eased enough to allow local land breezes to develop early this morning and the land breezes have helped to keep low clouds offshore for most of the islands. Early morning Lihue and Hilo soundings continue to depict a stable and rather dry airmass, with low level moisture extending to 6 to 7 thousand feet. Expect mainly fair weather to continue across the area through rest of the morning, though Kauai will stay a little more cloudy. Showers, if any, will be minimal and will affect mainly the windward areas under the light winds.

More clouds and showers with brisk northerly winds will affect Kauai this afternoon as a cold front from the northwest reaches that island. The frontal cloud band associated with the system is rather ragged, as revealed by latest satellite imagery, which indicates the dynamics with this front is weak. Furthermore, this cloud band looks to be somewhat shallow. This weak front is still expected to move down the island chain tonight and Sunday. An increase in the showers is still expected along this frontal cloud band. The bulk of the rainfall will focus along windward and north facing terrain, though some showers will spill over to the leeward areas, especially for the smaller islands. Since this weak front will advance swiftly south, rainfall amounts from the system should not pose any hydrological issues for the area.

A stable, rather dry, and breezy to locally windy north to northeast flow will spread across the islands behind the front as a high pressure from the far northwest moves west, closer to the state. While the winds will become rather strong and gusty on Sunday, they are still expected to be significantly weaker than what the islands experienced last weekend, since 850 mb (roughly 5,000 ft) winds are forecast to be about half as strong as those seen last weekend. The airmass will also be noticeably cooler and drier, with dew points dropping into the 50s and precipitable water values barely above half an inch.

A moderate to locally breezy trade wind flow will return early next week as high pressure passes north of the state. The airmass is expected to remain somewhat dry as indicated by forecast models. Therefore, stable and somewhat dry trade wind weather is expected for the early part of next week.

Another front will approach the state later part of next week. The GFS and ECMWF are still in good agreement that winds will steadily decrease on Wednesday then shift southerly by Thursday as the advancing front drives the another ridge near the islands. Airmass in the island vicinity may become more unstable, though limited moisture may preclude significant convective rainfall ahead of the front over the area. However, the southerly winds could draw up some volcanic emissions to the smaller islands.

Central Valley (Kahului, Spreckelsville):

HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST SUNDAY. Sunny. Highs around 81. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Leeward West (Lahaina, Ka`anapali):

Breezy. Mostly clear with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with occasional showers after midnight. Lows 62 to 74. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 90 percent.

Windward West (Wailuku, Waiehu):

HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST SUNDAY. Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs 70 to 80. Northeast winds up to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Windard Haleakala (Hana, Haiku, Makawao):

HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST SUNDAY. Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs around 80 at the shore to around 66 at 5000 feet. Northeast winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Leeward Haleakala (Kihei, Wailea, Makena):

Mostly clear in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Isolated showers. Lows around 65 at the shore to 50 to 55 upcountry. Light winds becoming northeast up to 10 mph in the late evening and overnight. Gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Haleakala Summit

Mostly clear with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with showers likely after midnight. Lows around 43 at the visitor center to around 38 at the summit. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Photo of the Day

Surf Photo of the Day - January 28th, 2017