Large Swells Bring 10-14 Foot Surf to South Maui

October 18, 2014, 7:48 AM HST · Updated October 18, 7:50 AM
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Kāʻanapali Beach (West Maui) on Friday, Oct. 17, by marine naturalist John O'Leary. If you have photos of news happening on Maui, or images that capture the essence of our island home, please message us here or send them to newsdesk@mauinow.com for us to share.

Kāʻanapali Beach (West Maui) on Friday, Oct. 17, by marine naturalist John O’Leary. If you have photos of news happening on Maui, or images that capture the essence of our island home, please message us here or send them to [email protected] for us to share.

By Wendy Osher

Large swells produced by Hurricane Ana are expected to impact the south facing shores of Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe today, with surf heights expected to be in the 10 to 14 foot range.

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The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for the south facing shores of Maui County until 6 p.m. due to the impacts being felt along the affected coastline.

Forecasters with the NWS advise the public to expect strong, breaking waves, dangerous shore break, and strong long-shore rip currents that will make swimming difficult and dangerous.

The agency issued an advisory this morning to alert beach goers, swimmers and surfers of the conditions, indicating that they should “heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution.”

Mākena, file photo by Maui photographer Chris Archer, taken earlier this month. If you have photos of news happening on Maui, or images that capture the essence of our island home, please message us here or send them to newsdesk@mauinow.com for us to share.

Mākena (South Maui), file photo by Maui photographer Chris Archer, taken earlier this month. If you have photos of news happening on Maui, or images that capture the essence of our island home, please message us here or send them to [email protected] for us to share.

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