- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii officials are warning the public of high surf along north and west-facing shores.

Honolulu on Wednesday closed Waimea Bay Beach Park due to hazardous high surf.

The city says drivers should be aware of sand and debris on the roads. It’s advising residents and visitors to stay off beaches and away from shorelines and ledges along the water.

The National Weather Service says a very large west and northwest swell is bringing dangerously large surf to many parts of the Hawaiian Islands.

Forecasters say the swells will also bring large waves to areas not normally affected by winter swells, including Oahu’s south shore and the west-facing shores of Lanai and the Big Island.

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