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High surf closes Hanauma Bay for second day

Weather service extends advisory until 6 p.m. Monday

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 07:55 a.m. HST, Jan 14, 2013


Lifeguards and city officials have closed Hanauma Bay for a second day because of high surf  and strong rip currents inside the reef.

Waves of up to 6 feet are making conditions dangerous for swimmers and snorkelers and underwater visibility is poor officials said today.

Lifeguards also closed the bay Saturday because of similar conditions.

Lifeguards, meanwhile, conducted 12 rescues and took 438 preventative actions at East Oahu beaches Saturday, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Emergency Services said.

About 3:45 p.m., lifeguards assisted a 35-year-old man who suffered an apparent shoulder injury while body surfing at Sandy Beach, said spokeswoman Shayne Enright by email. Paramedics transported him to a trauma center in serious condition.

A high surf advisory for the east shores of Oahu has been extended until 6 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service reported today.

The advisory has also been extended for the east shores of Kauai, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii. 

Strong trade winds upwind of the islands will continue to produce eight-to-12-foot surf, the NWS said. Waves should decrease to between seven and 10 feet Monday.







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allie wrote:
yikes!
on January 12,2013 | 09:22AM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
High tide, not high surf...look at it now and it's just fine.
on January 12,2013 | 12:01PM
Wazdat wrote:
OVER REACTION... its fine NOW
on January 12,2013 | 12:16PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Closed on Mondays i think? I guess Mother Nature did not want to make the high tides come in on a Monday. Now this year the bay will be closed for 53 days at least.
on January 12,2013 | 12:56PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Closed on Mondays i think? I guess Mother Nature did not want to make the high tides come in on a Monday. Now this year the bay will be closed for 53 days at least.
on January 12,2013 | 12:56PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Closed on Mondays i think? I guess Mother Nature did not want to make the high tides come in on a Monday. Now this year the bay will be closed for 53 days at least.
on January 12,2013 | 12:57PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Stop it dude.
on January 12,2013 | 12:57PM
honopic wrote:
Closed on Tuesdays. And, no - you don't THINK. You just post endless false information. Yes - STOP IT DUDE!
on January 13,2013 | 06:32AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Just a bad day. Sorry if i pressed the submit button too much.
on January 13,2013 | 07:45AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Community: HANAUMA BAY CLOSED TODAY DUE TO DANGEROUS CONDITIONS TODAY, JAN 13, 2012, THE CITY HAS CLOSED HANAUMA BAY DUE TO HAZARDOUS OCEAN CONDITIONS. OCEAN SAFETY LIFEGUARDS INSPECTED THE BAY THIS MORNING AND DISCOVERED STRONG AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS. THE SURF IS CREATING POOR VISIBILITY. ALTHOUGH THE SURF HAS DROPPED TO ABOUT SIX FOOT FACES, IT IS STILL CREATING A PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERN. OCEAN SAFETY IS ADVISING BEACH GOERS WHO GO TO OTHER BEACHES TO CHECK WITH LIFEGUARDS BEFORE GOING INTO THE WATER. ALSO, PLEASE REMAIN A GOOD DISTANCE AWAY FROM ANY LEDGES. THERE IS ALWAYS A CHANCE OFA FREAK SET WASHING UP. Verbatim from the City Department of Emergency Management. I signed up for their alerts online, including traffic conditions.
on January 13,2013 | 09:07AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
It is inappropriate for these over paid civil servants to close a beach. Posting warning signed to proceed at your own risk is sufficient. This is simply not acceptable.
on January 13,2013 | 08:34AM
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