Beach closures, damage: What travelers can expect after the ‘historic’ Hawaii swells

21st July, 2022.      //   Climate Change, Sport and Leisure  // 

People walk in front of the high surf near Kapahulu Groin (Waikiki Wall) in Waikiki, Hawaii, on Sunday.

Hawaii shores were rocked this past weekend by the “highest south shore surf in more than 25 years.” Wave faces at Honolulu’s Diamond Head reached heights of 25 feet on Sunday, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).

The high surf caused coastal flooding in Lahaina on Maui, road closures on Kauai, and – as a viral social media video captured – waves crashing into condos in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island.

In Honolulu’s waters alone, there were over 2,000 rescues, mostly of surfers, over the weekend, Shayne Enright, a spokeswoman for the Honolulu Emergency Services Department told on Tuesday.

“Fortunately there were no serious incidents resulting from the high surf on Oahu,” she added.

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