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Swell brings high surf, surge at harbor

A north swell will bring surges to Kahului and Hilo harbors through today, the National Weather Service announced.

Waves were expected to reach a peak of 8 to 9 feet Friday night then slowly decline today. Breaking waves could impact harbor entrances, and mariners should use caution when entering or leaving port and when mooring or launching vessels, the weather service said.

A high surf advisory is also in effect through 6 a.m. today for north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai, with large breaking waves of 12 to 16 feet expected for both islands. The eastern half of the state is under an advisory with the swell larger over eastern waters, the weather service said.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Health canceled a brown water advisory for the north shore from Waihee to Hookipa and in West Maui from Honolua to Kahekili Beach Park.

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