Excessive Surf closes 5 seashores in western Hawaii

Jan 23, 2014, 2:24 pm HST
* Updated January 23 at 2:25 p.m.

The high surf today has caused a handful of beaches in western Hawaii to be closed.

Restricted areas included Kahaluu and Laaloa Beach Parks along Alii Drive south of Kailua-Kona, Kekaha Kai and Kua Bay State Parks in North Kona, and Hapuna Beach in South Kohala.

Civil Defense Agency director Darryl Oliveira said while a report came in of waves hitting Alii Drive, it appeared that the current surf in western Hawaii was not having as much of an impact as it was seen in December.

Oliveira attributed this mainly to the direction of the current swell.

For example, a review of Puako he carried out today showed relatively little impact on the boat launch facilities there compared to the damage done last month.

For the west-facing coasts of the Big Island, a high surf warning remained in effect until 6 a.m. Friday.

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