The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf advisory for north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau.
The advisory will be in effect from 4 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, until 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.
Surf of 12-16 feet is forecast along north-facing shores, with the NWS expecting surf of 8-12 feet along west-facing shores.
A new west-northwest swell will build overnight and peak Friday. As this swell gradually diminishes, another pulse of northwest swell will arrive, maintaining high surf through Saturday.
Residents in the advisory areas should expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents, making swimming difficult and dangerous. Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution.
“Know your limits and seek ocean recreation areas best suited for your abilities,” the NWS said in its alert message. “If in doubt, don’t go out.”