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Maui Surf Report for June 9th, 2018

1-3 foot 1-3 foot 4-6 foot 2-4 foot Surface high pressure far northeast of the islands will maintain locally breezy trade winds for the next several days. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect through Sunday afternoon for the typically windier waters adjacent to the Big Island and the islands of Maui County. The latest forecast indicates these SCA conditions will likely persist across these same areas through early next week. The latest observations from the Barbers Point buoy near the south shore of Oahu continue to show the significant wave height is near 4 feet with a wave period of about 17 seconds, which is due to a south swell. As a result, a High Surf Advisory (HSA) remains in effect for the south facing shores of all islands. Surf may briefly drop below the advisory criteria by late this afternoon, but a new reinforcing south swell is forecast to arrive early this evening. This reinforcing swell will likely cause surf to reach the HSA threshold again starting tonight. Therefore, the HSA is now in effect for south facing shores through early Sunday morning. The south swell will gradually subside early next week. The latest model guidance continues to show another long-period south swell spreading across the state next Thursday and Friday. Near ...

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Maui Surf Report for June 2nd, 2018

0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot High pressure north of the state will keep moderate to locally strong trade winds in place through tonight. The high north of the area will strengthen on Sunday, with strong trades returning to the coastal waters and continuing through much of next week. A Small Craft Advisory is now in effect for the typically windy waters around the Big Island and Maui through Tuesday. The SCA will likely need to be extended in time, possibly right through the end of next week. The increase in trades may also produce SCA conditions for additional waters at times from late Sunday through the middle of next week. A series of swells from the southern hemisphere will continue through late next week. The current southwest swell will keep surf near the summertime average along south facing shores through tonight. As this swell fades on Sunday, a new south swell will build. This swell will peak Monday and Tuesday with south shore surf near the High Surf Advisory level. Another, similarly sized south swell is due in on Friday. Typical, short- period trade wind swell will affect east facing shores through late next week. Minimal surf is expected along north facing shores for the next several days, with a ...

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Maui Surf Report for May 26th, 2018

1-3 foot 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 3-5 foot A surface high far northeast of the area is producing locally strong trade winds. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect through Saturday night for strong trade winds across the typically windy waters adjacent to the islands of Maui County and the Big Island. The trades will gradually weaken from Sunday through Memorial Day as an upper-level trough approaches from the northwest, and induces a weak surface trough in the vicinity of the islands. The trade winds are expected to strengthen again some time after Memorial Day as the trough moves west and fills, while a new surface high builds north of the area. Assuming this scenario occurs, a SCA may be required for the typically windy waters adjacent to the islands of Maui County and the Big Island starting Tuesday or Wednesday. Surf is forecast to remain below the High Surf Advisory criteria along all shorelines across the state into the middle of next week. A series of swells from the Tasman Sea will maintain surf near the summertime average along south facing shores through Memorial Day. Surf is expected to build to above-average heights along south facing shores starting around the middle of next week. Rough surf along east facing shores will subside ...

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Maui Surf Report for May 19th, 2018

2-4 foot 1-3 foot 3-5 foot 3-5 foot Fresh to strong trades associated with high pressure north of the waters are forecast to hold through much of the upcoming week. Strongest winds are expected over the channels east of Oahu, south of the Big Island, and Maalaea Bay. Seas have responded and will remain rough, likely holding near or at the advisory level (10 ft) south of the Big Island and across the Alenuihaha Channel through the weekend. A weakness within the ridge is forecast to develop by Tuesday as a front passes far north of the area, which may translate to the strong trades slightly weakening locally for a brief period. The north-northwest (330-350 deg) swell that filled in and peaked Friday will gradually trend down through the weekend. Surf along north facing shores will respond and lower. Another small north- northwest pulse could bring the surf back to similar levels by midweek along north facing shores. Two overlapping long-period south-southwest (190-200 deg) swells from a couple of sources that passed near New Zealand around a week ago will fill in and peak over the weekend. Latest observations at the offshore buoys to the south and the nearshore PacIOOS buoy near Pearl Harbor are reflecting this new long-period energy filling in. Surf ...

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Maui Surf Report for May 12th, 2018

2-4 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot A trough near Kauai will weaken and move off to the west tonight. Meanwhile, a strong 1030 mb surface high about 1300 nm northwest of Kauai will move east at 20 kt. Northeast trade winds will strengthen tonight, reaching the 25 kt Small Craft Advisory threshold on Saturday in the windy areas around the Big Island and Maui. A SCA is in effect starting early Saturday morning. The high will maintain trade winds through next week as it continues moving east, and the trades will be locally strong through at least the weekend. Surf is expected to remain below the High Surf Advisory levels along all shores through at least the middle of next week. Moderate northwest swells will peak Saturday and Monday. A swell from the southern hemisphere is expected to arrive on Sunday, gradually build through Tuesday, then slowly subside. ...

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Maui Surf Report for May 5th, 2018

1-3 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot There will be a series of small, mainly background southerly swells through the weekend and on through most of next week. A new north northwest swell is expected to arrive Sunday night, peak Monday, then lower gradually Monday night. A slightly larger and longer period north swell is expected to arrive Monday, peak Monday night and early Tuesday, then lower gradually Tuesday night and Wednesday. Based on latest model guidance, advisory level surf is a possibility during the peak of this swell. Another smaller north northwest swell is expected during the Wednesday night through Friday time frame. Strengthening trade winds early next week will cause an increase in short period choppy surf along east facing shores. Winds and seas will remain below Small Craft Advisory levels through early Sunday. Winds and seas are expected to rise later on Sunday and and on through Monday, likely requiring a Small Craft Advisory over exposed zones early next week. ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 28th, 2018

4-6+ rising 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot Fresh to strong northerly winds in the wake of a cold front that is forecast to shift eastward over the Big Island waters through the weekend combined with a rising north-northwest swell (12-13 sec periods) will lead to dangerous boating conditions today. Small craft advisory seas are expected over the exposed northwest waters through the weekend. Winds are forecast to quickly drop off into the light to moderate range out of the north tonight through early next week as the aforementioned front stalls in the vicinity of the Big Island. A reinforcing north-northwest (330 deg) swell associated with a storm-force low around 800 nm north of the state is expected to fill in through the day today, peak Sunday, then fade into the upcoming week. Swells associated with nearby sources like this typically come in on time, but larger than projected by a few feet around the peak. The overnight ASCAT pass showed storm-force northerly winds focused at the islands associated with this source, which was 5 to 10 kt stronger than predicted and should correlate to larger seas/swell by a couple of feet. As a result, warning-level surf will be likely for Kauai and Niihau, then advisory-level surf for exposed coasts on Oahu, Molokai ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 21st, 2018

2-4 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot A surface high north of the area will move northeast through Saturday. The high is producing locally strong trade winds over Hawaiian waters. A Small Craft Advisory continues for strong trade winds in the windier areas near Maui County and the Big Island. A new high building northwest of the area will cause the trade winds to strengthen further this weekend. The SCA will likely be expanded starting Saturday. Surf is expected to remain below High Surf Advisory (HSA) thresholds along all shores through this weekend. Surf along east facing shores will remain rough through Sunday night due to the trade winds, but heights will remain moderate. There will be some increase in surf heights along east facing shores next week as trade winds strengthen. A small northwest swell will build Saturday evening, peaking Sunday. A slightly larger swell is expected to arrive Sunday evening and peak Monday. Another moderate swell is possible next Thursday. Surf along south facing shores will remain small through early next week. Lows in the southern hemisphere may strengthen and shift east enough to produce some bigger surf along south facing shores by the end of next week. ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 15th, 2018

5-9 foot 2-4 foot 0-2 foot 0-0 foot A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for all waters through tonight for winds and seas. Isolated thunderstorms remain likely over the coastal waters through today. A northwest swell is on the decline while surf along east shores increases due to strong trade winds. A High Surf Advisory is in effect for eastern shores. A small north swell is expected Tuesday, and a small/moderate northwest swell will fill in for the second half of the week. Surf will remain small along south facing shores with some modest increases through the week. Tide Predictions A high tide at Kahului will be 1.98 foot at 1:56amHigh tide at Kahului was 1.98 foot at 1:56am late last night, dropping to a low of -0.23 foot at 8:13am this ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 7th, 2018

4-6 foot 1-4 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot Heavy showers and a few thunderstorms will remain possible over the waters through the weekend due to a lingering moisture axis associated with an old frontal boundary and an upper disturbance forecast to move over the region. Fresh to strong trades, strongest over the typically windier areas around Maui County, will hold through tonight, are forecast to weaken through the weekend as a weak surface reflection/trough develops along the aforementioned boundary. Improving conditions are expected late Sunday into next week with a return of fresh to strong trades as high pressure builds north of the region and drier conditions fill in. A series of northwest swells is expected over the weekend and through the upcoming week. The first in the series has already begun to fill in early this morning at the nearshore buoys. Kauai has already climbed above predicted levels, but should remain below the advisory stage today as it peaks along north and west facing shores. This source will slowly fade through the second half of the weekend. The second in the series of northwest swells is expected Monday through Tuesday from a recent storm over the far northwest Pacific. Heights associated with this source may reach or near warning levels along ...

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