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High surf advisory posted as south swell arrives

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMA bodysurfer rides a wave at Point Panic near Kewalo Basin during a south swell Thursday.
    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    A bodysurfer rides a wave at Point Panic near Kewalo Basin during a south swell Thursday.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMSurfers crowd the breaks on the south shore as advisory-level surf arrives Thursday morning.
    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Surfers crowd the breaks on the south shore as advisory-level surf arrives Thursday morning.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMA stand-up paddleboarder near Kewalo Basin enjoys a rising south swell Thursday morning.
    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    A stand-up paddleboarder near Kewalo Basin enjoys a rising south swell Thursday morning.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMA stand-up paddleboarder takes off on a wave near Kewalo Basin Thursday morning.
    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    A stand-up paddleboarder takes off on a wave near Kewalo Basin Thursday morning.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMA bodysurfer turns on a wave at Point Panic near Kewalo Basin as a south swell builds Thursday morning.
    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    A bodysurfer turns on a wave at Point Panic near Kewalo Basin as a south swell builds Thursday morning.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMA stand-up boarder near Kewalo Basin enjoys the south swell Thursday morning.
    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    A stand-up boarder near Kewalo Basin enjoys the south swell Thursday morning.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMSurfers enjoy a south swell that is forecast to rise to 6 to 9 feet Thursday.
    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Surfers enjoy a south swell that is forecast to rise to 6 to 9 feet Thursday.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMA bodysurfer catches a wave at Point Panic near Kewalo Basin during a south swell Thursday morning.
    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    A bodysurfer catches a wave at Point Panic near Kewalo Basin during a south swell Thursday morning.

Waves with faces of 6 to 9 feet prompted a high surf advisory for south shores Thursday, lasting until 6 p.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service said a storm in the South Pacific generated waves that began reaching all of the main Hawaiian islands Thursday.

Forecasters said the swell should peak overnight and decline to about 5 to 8 feet Friday.

Beach-goers can expect strong, breaking waves, shore break and rip currents that could make swimming difficult and dangerous.

People going to the beach should heed advice given by lifeguards and exercise caution, the weather service said.

Another storm should bring a reinforcement swell Saturday, keeping waves above average through Monday, though probably not at advisory levels.

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