- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - The National Weather Service is warning about dangerously high surf that’s expected to bring 30- to 40-foot waves to Hawaii.

The biggest swells are expected to hit the north and west shores of the islands, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday (https://bit.ly/156KMQ1 ).

The high surf warning was scheduled to go into effect Tuesday evening and to last until Thursday night. It’s for the north and west shores of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and the west shore of the Big Island.

Organizers of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surfing competition said the waves will not be consistent enough to hold the contest. The one-day competition is only held when there are specific ocean conditions.

“After assessing all available forecast sources, we are not seeing sufficient energy to run the event this week,” said event director Glen Moncata. “The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau requires a full eight-hour day of waves with minimum 40-foot faces. What we are seeing simply does not meet the criteria. Yes, there will be some waves of that height in the latter half of the day, but not a full day of consistent surf. We will wait.”

The holding period for the contest runs until the end of February. It was last held on Oahu’s North Shore in 2009.

Even the south shores of the Hawaiian islands, which aren’t usually impacted in the winter swells, may see elevated surf, forecasters said. A high surf advisory is also posted for south shores of Oahu and west shores of Maui, Lanai and Kahoolawe because of the unusual westerly component of the swell.

“Large breaking surf, significant shore break and dangerous currents make entering the water extremely hazardous,” the National Weather Service said. “Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death. Inexperienced persons should remain off beaches and adjacent beachfront areas.”

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com

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