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Maui Surf Report for March 26th, 2016

2-5 foot 1-3 foot 1-3 foot 1-3 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Fading north-northwest swell may still offer sets near head-high levels at the better exposed north shore breaks, but most areas will see smaller surf. Another small north-northwest swell should fill in Sunday but will most likely not reach much more than head-high levels at its peak. However, an upper trough and ample moisture will help sustain the active weather pattern affecting Hawai`i, likely ending by Saturday morning. Thunderstorms will bring a chance for heavy rains, reduced visibilities, strong gusty winds, lightning, and hail to some areas. Looking forward, an extra-large northwest swell is expected to arrive overnight Monday into Tuesday, peaking near or potentially exceeding warning levels into Wednesday. Tiny background swell may be found along select south shore breaks over the weekend, but don't expect much. A small to moderate long-period south swell is expected to arrive Tuesday into Wednesday which may reach chest-high levels. Tide Predictions High tide at Kahului was 1.7 foot at 3:31 AM late last night, dropping to a low of 0.0 foot at 9:49 AM this morning, then rising to a high of 1.9 foot at 4:27 PM late this afternoon, before once again dropping to a low of ...

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Maui Surf Report for March 19th, 2016

10-15+ foot 5-8 foot 1-4 foot 4-6+ foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for north facing shores of Maui, effective through 6:00 pm Saturday evening at which time it will be downgraded to a High Surf Advisory. The better exposed north shore breaks should still see surf in the double- to triple-overhead range while lesser exposed breaks come in closer to head-high to double-overhead levels. A new northwest swell is expected to arrive Saturday which will keep this action going through Sunday before dropping through the beginning of the upcoming work-week. Although we may see minor surf through next week, nothing significant is expected. Small south-southwesterly swells may continue over the weekend and there is potential for more minor south swells through the rest of the forecast period. Hazardous ocean conditions will persist over the weekend due to a combination of moderate to strong northeast to east winds south of high pressure passing to the north and northwest of the islands. As a result, the small craft advisory will remain in place through the weekend. Winds and seas will trend down through the upcoming week beginning Monday as the north and northwest swells ease and a ...

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Maui Surf Report for March 12th, 2016

4-7+ foot 2-5 foot 0-3 foot 4-8 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); The current north-northwest swell combined with the wind swell continues to produce relatively rough conditions along many north facing shorelines and reefs across the state. This north-northwest swell will gradually diminish today, but a longer period north- northwest swell is forecast to spread down the island chain later today. The arrival of this swell, which is forecast to peak Sunday, will likely produce surf reaching the high surf advisory criteria along north and west facing shores of Kauai and Niihau, and north facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui from late tonight into Sunday. Note that this swell may also have enough of a northerly component to produce light to moderate surges in Kahului and Hilo harbors. Long range models indicate strong cyclogenesis may occur due north of the islands around the middle of next week. If this were to occur, surf would likely reach may approach the high surf warning criteria along most north facing shores from Wednesday night through Thursday. This swell may also pose a greater threat of more significant surges in the north facing harbors from Wednesday night into Friday. Trade winds remain sufficiently strong to produce gale force winds ...

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Maui Surf Report for February 27th, 2016

15++ foot 5-8+ foot 1-3+ foot 1-4+ foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); The current northwest swell will keep decreasing today with a High Surf Advisory in effect for most north and west facing shores through today. Surf heights are expected to drop below advisory levels early this evening before increasing again later Saturday evening and into early Sunday morning as the next swell arrives. This new northwest swell will peak during the day Sunday. Yet another large northwest swell is expected to reach the islands Monday night with its expected peak late Tuesday. This large surf will continue through the upcoming week and there seems to be no end in sight as the forecast models show even more surf developing later in the week. If all goes well, another large to potentially extra-large northwest swell arriving over the weekend. Tide Predictions High tide at Kahului was 1.8 foot at 4:31 AM early this morning, dropping to a low of 0.2 foot at 11:03 AM shortly before noon, then rising to a high of 1.6 foot at 5:28 PM late this afternoon, before once again dropping to a low of 0.8 foot at 11:02 PM shortly before midnight The sunrise was at 06:45 am this morning and will set ...

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Maui Surf Report for February 20th, 2016

4-6+ foot 2-4+ foot 0-3 foot 1-4+ foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); A storm system is currently some 1700 miles northwest of Kauai. This system is generating a very large swell aimed at the Hawaiian islands. The swell is expected to reach Kauai Sunday afternoon and spread down the chain during the rest of Sunday night and Monday morning. It is a very large swell at around 22 feet and 17 seconds period which translates to surf heights of 40 to 50 feet along north facing shores. This energy should reach Maui early Monday, peaking through the day with a slow decline through mid-week. Another similar sized swell is forecast to arrive overnight Wednesday into Thursday, keeping the action going through the rest of the week. A High Surf Warning for north and west shores is expected to be issued sometime later Saturday or early Sunday. Strong onshore westerly winds will likely make ocean conditions rough and choppy, however. A small craft advisory is expected to be raised for most of the marine zones as early as Saturday not only for the building seas but the winds as well. More than likely, this advisory will eventually cover all marine zones except Ma`alaea Bay. The forecast ...

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Maui Surf Report for February 13th, 2016

4-8+ foot 3-5+ foot 1-3 foot 3-5+ foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); The current northwest swell has continued to decline both at the nearshore buoys and at buoy 51001 overnight into Saturday, and the earlier high surf advisory for north facing shores was dropped shortly before midnight. Surf will remain below advisory levels on all shores Saturday, but then a moderate northwest swell appears set to produce the next round of low-end advisory level surf on north and west facing shores Sunday into Monday. Increasing northeasterly trades may also produce high surf along east facing shores of some islands on Tuesday and Wednesday. Wind speeds are running lower than expected across the waters from Maui through Kauai, but high resolution model guidance insists that the winds should increase considerably by morning, and will keep the existing small craft advisory in place today for all of the same zones except for Maalaea Bay. The small craft advisory may need to be extended into tonight for some zones around the Big Island, but will let the day shift make that decision. The small craft advisory could be expanded for seas on Sunday due to another northwest swell, and will likely be needed across the entire area once ...

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Maui Surf Report for February 6th, 2016

5-8++ foot 3-5++ foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); The latest ascat pass around midnight showed 20 to 25 kt northwest winds in the wake of a cold front that was located around 200 miles northwest of Kauai. This boundary will quickly sweep through the state later today through Sunday. Drier and slightly cooler air along with gusty NW to N winds will fill in over the marine areas through this time. As a result, a small craft advisory for winds and seas will remain in place from this afternoon through Sunday and will likely be expanded over the Big Island waters this afternoon as the front begins to move through. Although the winds will relax Monday and Tuesday as a ridge of high pressure sets up over the state, a moderate to large NW swell will likely result in the small craft advisory being extended through Monday night. This swell will generate near advisory-level surf along north facing shores through this time. The next large northwest swell is expected Wednesday through Thursday, which will likely generate well above warning-level surf along the exposed north and west facing shores. The latest ensemble wave guidance supports this swell building through the day Wednesday, peaking ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 30th, 2016

5-8++ foot 3-5++ foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Latest wavewatch data shows a large northwest swell reaching the islands from Sunday night to Monday morning, with surf heights likely reaching advisory levels over north and west facing shores of most islands. The swell will quickly subside from late Monday night and into early Tuesday morning. There is a chance that we'll see another similar swell developing around the middle of the week, but the models aren't looking all that great at the moment. If all goes well, this swell would arrive late Thursday or Friday at levels near or below advisory criteria. Looking further out into the model runs, there aren't any significant swells forecast, but there should still be plenty surf through the forecast period. Moderate trade winds will gradually return over the weekend which may produce a little windswell for our east and northeast facing shores. Periods of winds reaching small craft advisory levels are possible over the typically windier waters around the Big Island and Maui county, mainly on Sunday. A frontal boundary approaching from the northwest will again disrupt the trades and bring a lighter wind regime early next week. Tide Predictions High tide at Kahului was 1.7 foot at ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 22nd, 2016

4-7 foot 2-4 foot 1-4 foot 1-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Winds are expected to remain below the small craft advisory threshold into early next week. The current northwest swell continues to produce seas of near 10 ft over many sections of the Hawaiian waters early this evening. As a result, a SCA remains posted for all waters exposed to this swell. Seas are forecast to be below the SCA threshold by dawn Friday morning. The next large west- northwest swell will require a SCA for elevated seas once again for most Hawaiian waters starting Sunday and continuing into early next week. The large northwest swell also continues to cause surf heights to remain near the high surf advisory criteria along north and west facing shores of Kauai and Niihau and for north facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui. Surf is forecast to be below the high surf advisory thresholds by sunrise Friday morning over all beaches as this swell continues to decline from later tonight through early Friday morning surf will likely remain below the high surf advisory criteria from Friday through Saturday. The latest guidance from the Wave Watch III model continues to show the next large west-northwest swell will spread across ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 16th, 2016

15-20++ foot 5-8++ foot 1-4 foot 2-4+ foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Latest readings from the buoy far northwest of the islands early this morning continue to show a downward trend in swell heights as well as period, while readings from the near-shore buoys just north of Kauai and Oahu are still holding rather steady. Therefore have tweaked the highest surf heights to persist through this morning. A high surf warning remains in effect for north and west facing shores for much of the smaller islands through this evening, with advisory level surf conditions are expected for the west facing shores of the Big Island. Borderline advisory level surf may continue along north and west facing shores early next week as swell energy slowly declines. The next major northwest swell is expected to arrive early Wednesday morning, likely boosting surf back up to warning levels along north and west facing shores. Elsewhere, small to moderate south southwest swell will persist through much of the next week. A small craft advisory remains in effect for most coastal waters through early Sunday as the large swell passes the islands, bringing hazardous seas. Tide Predictions Low tide at Kahului was 0.9 foot at 12:20 AM just after midnight, rising to a high of ...

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