High surf triggers brown-water advisory

Hookipa reopens, Baldwin Beach remains closed due to flooding

High surf bringing in debris triggered a brown-water advisory for the north and west shores of Maui from Hookipa to Kahekili, the state Department of Health said Friday afternoon.

The department said that “extremely high surf” of 18 to 24 feet resulted in debris entering coastal waters.

The public was advised to stay out of the brown ocean water due to possible contact with sewers, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens and chemicals.

Not all coastal areas may be impacted by the high surf. However, if the water is brown, beachgoers should stay out. The department also advised the public to continue to practice good personal hygiene and follow up with primary care physicians if health concerns arise.

Meanwhile, the Hookipa Beach Park west side parking lot reopened Friday morning after being forced to close Thursday due to flooding from high surf that reached at least 30 feet. The county advised the public to still use extreme caution when using the park.

Baldwin Beach Park, which also closed Thursday, remained closed as of Friday due to continued flooding from high surf. The county Department of Parks and Recreation said it planned to do a follow-up assessment early this morning and would reopen the park once it was cleared and safe for the public.

For more information, call the department’s East District at 572-8122 or visit mauicounty.gov/parks.

The National Weather Service issued a high-surf advisory for north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and north-facing shores of Maui through 6 a.m. today.

Surf along north-facing shores of Molokai and Maui was expected to reach 18 to 24 feet Friday morning and lower to 14 to 20 feet in the afternoon. Surf along west-facing shores of Molokai was expected to reach 12 to 16 feet Friday morning and lower to 8 to 12 feet in the afternoon.

For NOAA weather updates, visit weather.gov/hawaii or call (866) 944-5025.


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