All parks reopened except Hookipa, Baldwin

The Maui News

All Maui County beach parks were open Monday, except for Baldwin and Hookipa on the north shore, as the National Weather Service extended its high-surf warning to 6 a.m. today.

The high-surf warning affects north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and north-facing shores of Maui. Waves of 18 to 28 feet were expected overnight along north-facing shores and 12 to 20 feet along west-facing shores.

A large north-northwest swell has peaked and will continue to steadily decline through the next few days, the weather service said. Warning level surf is expected to decline to advisory levels.

Another northwest swell likely is coming, bringing advisory-level surf Wednesday into Thursday, the weather service said.

Impacts from large surf include strong breaking waves in the ocean and sweeping waves along the shoreline. Rip and longshore currents are expected.

County parks along the north and west shores were closed Sunday due to the waves. All were open Monday except for Baldwin Park in Paia and Hookipa Beach Park, said county spokesman Chris Sugidono.

The access road and pavilion to Baldwin Park were flooded, he said. At Hookipa, county ocean safety officers closed the park due to ocean conditions.

The forecast for today on Maui is mostly sunny with isolated showers. High temperatures are expected to be between 65 and 79 degrees with evening lows of 53 to 62 degrees. Easterly winds are expected to blow 10 to 20 mph.

There is a 20 percent chance of rain, the weather service said.