Surf Forecast Archive

Maui Surf Report for October 13th, 2018

2-4 foot 0-2 foot 1-2 foot 0-0 foot Light winds will continue through much of the weekend as a front approaches and moves into the area from the northwest. Near the coasts, expect land and sea breezes to continue. Showers and thunderstorm coverage will begin to shift eastward and focus over Maui County and the Big Island by tonight and Sunday. A gradual drying trend with light to moderate northerly winds filling in is anticipated over Oahu and Kauai come Sunday as the front makes its way down the island chain and dissipates. Moderate northerly winds will continue to fill in late Sunday, then veer to a more typical trade wind direction and strengthen into the moderate to fresh range across all waters Sunday night through midweek as high pressure builds to the north. The large south-southwest swell that peaked Thursday will slowly ease over the weekend. Recent nearshore PacIOOS buoy observations at Lanai and Barbers continue to reflect a decent amount of energy within the lower frequency bands (18-22 and 16-18 sec), which will likely translate to this source holding through the day today before lowering further through the second half of the weekend. A reinforcement (slightly smaller) out of the same direction is expected to fill in by the end of the day ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 6th, 2018

2-4+ foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot 1-3 foot Light to moderate east to southeast winds will hold across the waters through much of the weekend as Tropical Storm Walaka continues northward and away from the region. Near the coasts, land and sea breezes developing each day will be the result for most areas, especially the western end of the island chain across leeward waters. A return of fresh trades is anticipated across all waters by Monday, which should hold through midweek. Winds and seas are forecast to remain below advisory levels through the forecast period. Although the large and anomalous westerly swell associated with former Hurricane Walaka that brought large surf to the islands continues to ease, a series of sources from the northwest Pacific will keep the active phase in place for exposed north and west facing shores through the weekend and even much of next week. The first in the series filled in today, which was from former Typhoon Trami recurving in the western Pacific earlier this week. This source will hold into Saturday, then slowly fade through the second half of the weekend. A large area of near gale-force west-northwest winds has emerged over the far northwest Pacific near the Kurils/south of the western Aleutians over the past couple of days ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 29th, 2018

4-6 foot 1-3 foot 1-4 foot 1-3 foot High pressure will build to the north of the island chain this weekend, keeping a moderate to fresh trade wind flow in place across the coastal waters. Winds may briefly approach Small Craft Advisory levels across the typically windy waters around Maui County and the Big Island, but the forecast currently reflects winds just below SCA thresholds. A trough of low pressure is expected to develop well west of the state during the early to middle part of next week, with a potential tropical cyclone lifting northward in the vicinity of this trough, but well west of the marine area. This should ease the trade winds across the coastal waters beginning on Monday, with winds shifting around to more of a southeasterly direction Tuesday through late next week. Small long-period south-southwest swells are expected to hold into early next week. A larger reinforcing south-southwest swell is expected to fill in Tuesday and peak on Wednesday at heights slightly above the summer average. The current short period (10-12 sec) north-northwest swell is expected to gradually decrease Sunday into Monday. A slightly larger and longer period northwest swell is expected to arrive Monday night or Tuesday and linger through mid week. A small but longer period east swell generated ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 22nd, 2018

1-1 foot 0-0 foot 0-2 foot 0-0 foot High pressure northeast of the state will keep a moderate to locally strong trade wind flow in place through Saturday. As a result, a Small Craft Advisory remains in place for the typically windy waters around Maui County and the Big Island. An area of low pressure is expected to develop several hundred miles northwest of Kauai over the weekend, allowing the winds to weaken below SCA levels and shift around to the southeast Sunday through early next week. Surf will remain below advisory levels along all shores through the middle of next week. Rough, short-period surf will remain around the summer average along east facing shores through tonight, then decline over the weekend. A north-northwest is expected late next week, which may bring moderate surf along north facing shores. Background south swells will keep surf below average along south facing shores through middle of next week. A small southwest swell is possible late next week. ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 16th, 2018

1-3+ foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot A Small Craft Advisory remains posted for select Hawaiian coastal waters due to strong high pressure far north of the state. Winds have slightly backed off since yesterday across select coastal waters, but windy conditions will remain through the day today. A continued gradual weakening of the trade winds is expected during the first half of this week as the high moves off to the northeast of the area and a weak trough of low pressure approaches the area from the east on Tuesday. The trough is forecast to move across the areas Wednesday and Thursday. Some locally heavy showers will be possible as the trough moves through. A series of small south swells can be expected through Monday night. A larger south swell is expected to fill in on Tuesday, peak Tuesday night and early Wednesday, then lower gradually Thursday and Friday. A small northwest swell is expected to fill in tonight, peak on Monday, then lower gradually Tuesday and Wednesday. Easterly trade winds will continue to produce short period choppy surf along east facing shores through Monday. A brief downward trend in heights is expected Tuesday through the middle of the week as the trade winds decrease. ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 8th, 2018

2-4 foot 1-3 foot 1-3 foot 4-7 foot As Tropical Storm Norman continues to track north of the state, moderate trade winds turn more north and weaken. A gentle north to north-northeast wind pattern can be expected through the weekend. Winds briefly veer more east Monday before another backing to the north occurs as Hurricane Olivia approaches. Uncertainty increases during the middle of next week as Olivia, which is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm, will be near or over the islands. Monitor Olivia's forecast and advisory packages from the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center will assume responsibility for Olivia's forecast and advisory packages later today. The east swell from Norman will continue to subside and shift out of the northeast. The swell will lower from east to west across the state. A High Surf Advisory remains posted for east facing shores of the Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai through 6 pm HST today. Winds and seas should remain below the Small Craft advisory threshold through Monday. A low, long period east swell generated by distant Hurricane Olivia will begin to fill in behind the fading Norman swell on Sunday. This swell will continue to build early next week, likely producing warning level surf during mid week. The ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 1st, 2018

1-3 foot 1-3 foot 1-3 foot 1-4 foot Trades will trend down into the light to moderate range by the end of the weekend as high pressure shifts eastward over the northeast Pacific and Hurricane Mariam tracks northward far northeast of the marine area. The overnight ASCAT pass, however, did reflect fresh trades holding in place over the marine area, mainly the channels and typically windier locations. Fresh to strong trades are forecast to return Tuesday through midweek. Forecast confidence begins to lower beyond Wednesday due to varying solutions from cycle to cycle for Hurricane Norman as it approaches the region. Surf along east facing shores will remain up through the weekend due to a combination of fading short-period trade wind energy and 10-12 second energy filling in from Hurricane Miriam. This swell will become reinforced early next week as Hurricane Norman approaches the region. Provided Norman will continue westward at a higher latitude, the Big Island shouldn't have as much of an impact on the smaller islands with regard to shadowing. As a result, surf could exceed advisory levels for all east facing shores and potentially near warning levels through the midweek time frame along east facing shores. Surf along south facing shores should come up through the day today as a new ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 25th, 2018

1-3 foot 1-4 foot 4-7 foot 4-6 foot Tropical Storm Lane is forecast to make a turn toward the west and pass south of Kauai late Saturday and Saturday night. Heavy precipitation associated with Lane will continue to fall over the coastal waters, through the weekend. Surf will remain elevated along exposed shores through Saturday as Lane begins to move off to the west. Heights along the south shores will likely lower into average range no later than Sunday. East shores will remain elevated beyond Saturday due to expected strong onshore winds filling in as Lane exits. Tide Predictions High tide at Kahului was 1.59 foot at 2:00 PM early this afternoon, dropping to a low of -0.09 foot at 2:00 PM early this afternoon, then rising to a high of 2.55 foot at 2:00 PM early ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 23rd, 2018

4-6 foot 4-6++ foot 5-8++ foot 4-6++ foot Hurricane Lane, currently located around 225 nautical miles south of Kailua-Kona, is now tracking toward the northwest around 6 knots and is forecast to pass very close to the leeward waters of the smaller islands Thursday through Saturday. Conditions have already begun to deteriorate over the Big Island and Maui County waters due to a large area of heavy showers and strengthening winds. A similar trend is expected across the Oahu and Kauai waters late tonight through the day Thursday as Lane approaches. Impacts associated with Lane tonight through Saturday will include: hazardous seas, life-threatening surf (warning level; quickly building overnight through Thursday night), beach erosion, overwash onto vulnerable coastal roadways as Lane makes its closest approach, and storm surge (surge guidance estimating ranges from 2 to 5 feet with impacts potentially occurring on all islands) along exposed coasts/harbors. ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 20th, 2018

4-6+ foot 2-4+ foot 4-12+ foot 4-6+ foot Marine interests on the Big Island (leeward/southeast coasts) should finalize all preparations for deteriorating conditions by noon Wednesday as Hurricane Lane begins to approach from the south. The earliest potential onset of tropical storm force winds (34 knots or greater) across the waters around South Point and off the coast of Kona will be through the day Wednesday. Once these conditions are realized, it will be too late to prepare. Interests in Maui County and on Oahu should finalize all preparations come Wednesday evening and by noon Thursday for Kauai. The Hurricane Watch currently in place for the waters surrounding Oahu and Maui County will likely become updated to a warning later Wednesday and expanded across the Kauai waters. Impacts associated with Lane through the rest of the week for the islands will include: hazardous seas, life-threatening surf (warning level), beach erosion, overwash onto vulnerable coastal roadways, and storm surge along exposed coasts/harbors of all islands as Lane passes through. Improving conditions are expected by the end of the upcoming weekend as Lane slowly begins to track away from the island waters. ...

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