Monday, January 14, 2008

Aloha, Huge waves roar!

As expected big waves arrived at the north and west shore of Hawaii islands Ohau, Kauai, Molokai, and Maui. Suzanne Roig of Honolulu Advertiser reports:

Warning signs were posted and beaches were taped off from Sunset Beach to Hale'iwa on O'ahu's North Shore. A high-surf warning remains in effect for all north- and west-facing shores of Ni'ihau, Kaua'i, O'ahu and Moloka'i; the north-facing shore of Maui; and the leeward coast of the Big Island through 4 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.

"It's still large and very dangerous," said Honolulu Fire Capt. James Mensching, of the Sunset Beach Fire Station. "Definitely no one should go in when the water is in conditions like this."

Firefighters teamed up with lifeguards to keep people out of the water for much of yesterday, Mensching said. The wave conditions caused the cancellation of the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational In Memory of Eddie Aikau surf competition yesterday.

The Honolulu Advertiser also published the following picture of Waimea Bay yesterday by Andrew Shimabuku.
It was also reported by Robert Shikina of the Star Bulletin that

On the North Shore yesterday, with waves as high as 30 feet, lifeguards made one rescue and took 1,200 so-called preventative actions -- warning beachgoers, mostly, a city news release said.

On the western shores, where surf was 15 to 20 feet high in the morning, lifeguards made one rescue. They also made 37 assists with rescue crafts and took 800 preventative actions.

Large surf also hit Kauai's North Shore, bringing 15- to 30-foot faces, but there were no rescues, said Kauai county spokeswoman Mary Daubert.

"The waves were just so gigantic and washed out, the surfers weren't even going in," she said.

Clearly prudence prevails and be very thankful of all the busy lifeguards there for their timely rescues, warnings and "preventative actions." Just have some basic common sense will be sufficient. Scientist and science can only take a back seat in these situations. There is really not much they can do or be helpful.

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