Elevated Surf Continues With Reinforcement Building

January 20, 2017, 1:23 AM HST · Updated January 19, 10:18 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

High Surf Advisory: North  and west shores of Molokai and north shores of Maui through 6 a.m. Saturday.

Small Craft Advisory: All northeast waters and channels through 6 p.m. Friday.

Gale Watch: In effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.


Special Weather Statement: Very windy conditions are expected this weekend. These winds will be especially gusty at higher elevations and through mountain gaps and downsloping areas. If you have outdoor activities planned, you may want to postpone them or reconsider your plans.

Check our breaking news section for any urgent weather alerts or updates to the weather alerts listed above.

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**



    Maui Surf Forecast

    North: Surf is overhead to double overhead for much of the day today. Showing best for Ho’okipa eastward. The best breaks could get up to double or triple overhead by sunset. Pe’ahi will see sets that could be bigger than that around sunset.

    West: Surf is waist high to chest high from time to time at the best spots catching the wrap.

    South: Surf is waist high to chest high from time to time at the best spots catching the wrap.

    Our current elevated west-northwest swell starts to ease Friday but a reinforcement is right behind it. The new swell is expected to build Friday and peak in the evening, then hold into Saturday morning and ease late Saturday into Sunday. Another swell is expected on the 25th as well.

    Saturday and Saturday night a High Surf Advisory is forecast for east facing shores.

    A small southwest swell is forecast for the 22nd through the 24th.

    Keep in mind, surf heights are measured on the face of the wave from trough to crest. Heights vary from beach to beach, and at the same beach, from break to break.  

    **Click here for your detailed Maui County weather report.**

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    Meteorologist Malika Dudley
    Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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