5-12+ foot
2-4+ foot
1-4 foot
10-15++ foot

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for Maui’s east facing shores. Surf along north facing shores may reach advisory levels as well. Dangerous and very high surf generated by Lester will be affecting the east facing shores of most islands tonight through Saturday. The surf will be peaking island by island through Saturday as this swell moves westward in tandem with Lester’s movement. Surf for the north facing shores for the smaller islands will be reassessed if an advisory is needed. The surf will gradually diminish from east to west Saturday night and Sunday. Surf heights along south facing shores will see an uptick beginning Monday as a series of south swells are expected across the area next week. Winds and seas will be highly dependent on the track and intensity of Lester and will be highly variable from one location to another. The strongest winds will be near the center of the system but strong winds may occur well away from the center due to terrain effects. Winds and seas will gradually diminish after the passage of Lester. Moderate to locally strong trade winds are expected to spread across the islands from the east on Monday.

Hawaii Wave Height Model

Hawaii Swell Period Model
Hawaii Swell Height Model

Tide Predictions

High tide at Kahului was 2.0 foot at 3:20 AM late last night, dropping to a low of 0.3 foot at 9:18 AM this morning, then rising to a high of 2.2 foot at 3:36 PM early this afternoon, before once again dropping to a low of 0.4 foot at 9:52 PM late this evening

The sunrise was at 06:09 am this morning and will set at 06:39 pm this evening. The Moon is currently 2 days old, and is in a New Moon phase. The next Waxing Crescent will occur at 11:50 AM on Friday, September 9th.

Hawaii Wind Report

Maui Weather

Wind: n/a at 0 mph
current observations as of 1pm December 18th, 2018

Weather Outlook for Saturday

Influence from Hurricane Lester will gradual take hold of the main Hawaiian Islands as the evening progresses, and through Saturday night. Lester is forecast to pass north of the smaller islands over the weekend bringing with it the potential for hazardous weather. High pressure will build back in north of the area after the departure of Lester, with a trade wind weather pattern returning early next week.

As for this evening…trade showers are affecting all of the larger islands but more so from Oahu eastward. The forecast was updated recently for west Molokai as showers moved into that area. Isolated to scattered showers are also present along the leeward coast now, and the updated forecast addresses to that as well.

Otherwise…breezy trades will be the order of tonight with passing showers. Lester is forecast to run parallel north of the islands Saturday through Saturday night. As it does so, the winds will be shifting to north and then eventually west at moderate to strong speeds with gusts to 40 mph. On top of the winds, there is the potential of heavy rains. And besides the winds and potential heavy rains, large dangerous surf is expected along the east facing shores of most islands. Inundation of low lying coastal areas is possible. It should be noted that all of the main Hawaiian Islands except the Big Island, Kauai, and Niihau is under a Hurricane Watch. Please refer to the Hurricane Lester Local Statement (HFOHLSHFO) for more details on Lester.

By Sunday afternoon, Lester is expected to be a distant north of kauai. As Lester tracks northwestward away from the islands, the wind flow will change to the east and southeast. A band of clouds and showers trailing Lester will be moving through the islands from east to west Sunday. This band has the making of a showery Sunday and Sunday night. It is expected to clear Kauai County by Monday afternoon. In its wake, trades will be returning to the islands. The trades will start off moderate to locally strong then ease to moderate strength Tuesday where it will stay at this strength to until Thursday when the stronger trades return. The trades will ease off once again over the weekend. An upper level disturbance may provide a bit of enhancement to the trade showers during the second half of the new week.

Central Valley (Kahului, Spreckelsville):

Mostly cloudy. Showers likely in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows 68 to 75. Light winds. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Leeward West (Lahaina, Ka`anapali):

Mostly cloudy. Showers likely in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows 70 to 78. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Windward West (Wailuku, Waiehu):

HIGH SURF WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST SUNDAY. Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers in the morning, then occasional showers in the afternoon. Highs 68 to 83. North winds around 10 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon. Chance of rain 90 percent.

Windard Haleakala (Hana, Haiku, Makawao):

HIGH SURF WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST SUNDAY. Mostly cloudy. Occasional showers in the morning, then showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 80 at the shore to around 67 at 5000 feet. Northwest winds around 10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Leeward Haleakala (Kihei, Wailea, Makena):

Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 72 at the shore to 55 to 62 upcountry. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Haleakala Summit

Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows around 49 at the visitor center to around 46 at the summit. Light winds becoming east around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Photo of the Day

Surf Photo of the Day - September 3rd, 2016