Primarily for beachgoers and surfers
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
000 FZHW52 PHFO 211355 SRFHFO SURF ZONE FORECAST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI 400 AM HST MON APR 21 2014 HIZ005>011 220200 OAHU 400 AM HST MON APR 21 2014 HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR THE EAST SHORE SURF ALONG THE EAST SHORE WILL BE 6 TO 9 FEET THROUGH TUESDAY. SURF ALONG THE NORTH SHORE WILL BE 2 TO 4 FEET THROUGH TUESDAY. SURF ALONG THE WEST SHORE WILL BE 1 TO 3 FEET THROUGH TUESDAY. SURF ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE WILL BE 2 FEET OR LESS THROUGH TUESDAY. OUTLOOK THROUGH SUNDAY APRIL 27: STRONG TRADE WINDS WILL PRODUCE ROUGH SURF ALONG THE EAST SHORE THROUGH TUESDAY. SMALL NORTH NORTHWEST SWELLS WILL CONTINUE THIS WEEK BEFORE A LARGER NORTHWEST SWELL ARRIVES WEDNESDAY PEAKS THURSDAY THEN SLOWLY SUBSIDES INTO THE WEEKEND. SURF WILL REMAIN SMALL ON THE SOUTH SHORE. SURF HEIGHTS ARE FORECAST HEIGHTS OF THE FACE OR FRONT OF WAVES. THE SURF FORECAST IS BASED ON THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT THE AVERAGE HEIGHT OF THE ONE THIRD LARGEST WAVES IN THE ZONE OF MAXIMUM REFRACTION. SOME WAVES MAY BE MORE THAN TWICE AS HIGH AS THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT. EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER RIP CURRENTS IN OR NEAR ANY SURF ZONE. $$ MORRISON
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AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES
Information and Beach Analysis
Kekaha Beach Park lies near the end of the 15-mile-long beach that stretches along the Mana Coastal Plain from Polihale southward to Kekaha. The portion of the beach between the Pacific Missile Range Facility and the beach park includes several miles of shoreline winding around Kokole Point. The lands between Kaumuali'i Highway and the beach are used primarily for agriculture. Non-agricultural uses include a county landfill, a rifle range, and an abandoned landing strip that was leased from the state for some years as the Mana Drag Strip. Although there are no public rights-of-way to this shoreline, it is visited regularly by fishermen, surfers, joggers, and beachcombers. Most of them gain access either by driving over a number of unmarked dirt roads to the old landing strip or simply by following the beach from Kekaha Beach Park. To reach the old landing strip, turn off Kaumuali'i Highway at Bridge No.3.
Surfers probably make up the largest group of ocean users at Kokole Point. Some of the surfing sites they frequent are Rifle Range, Targets, and Whispering Sands. Bodyboarders and bodysurfers occasionally ride these breaks. High surf, particularly during the winter and spring, generates very powerful rip currents and longshore currents along this shoreline. Anyone entering the water stands an excellent chance of being dragged along the beach through the surf for several hundred yards in a matter of minutes. The pounding shorebreak produces waves that are very steep and dangerous. These waves, breaking over the extensive sand bars that parallel the beach, almost routinely snap surfboards in half. If you are not an expert in Hawaiian surf, do not swim here during periods of high surf.
Kekaha Beach Park is located on Kaumuali'i Highway at the western end of Kekaha town. The improved portion of the beach park, including all of its facilities, are located across the road from the beach.
For many years shoreline erosion was a major problem here. As a result of the erosion, more than 16 acres of sand beach were lost and the coastal highway was damaged. The Army Corps of Engineers took corrective action in 1980, constructing a seawall to protect the highway.
Kekaha Beach attracts a variety of beachgoers, including fishermen and swimmers, as well as bodyboarders and surfers who enjoy the surfing sites immediately west of the beach park-Inters, First Ditch, and Second Ditch. Inters is located offshore of the intersection of Kaumuali'i Highway and Akialoa Street, while First Ditch and Second Ditch are located in front of two drainage ditches. These popular shorebreak sites are very dangerous during periods of high surf, particularly during the winter and spring, when the waves generate powerful rip currents and longshore currents. No one who is not an expert in Hawaiian surf should swim here during periods of high surf.
Surfers also ride a break at the southern end of Kekaha Beach called Davidsons. It was named after James Douglas Davidson, a former long-time resident of the area. Davidson came to Kaua'i in 1919 and was employed by Kekaha Sugar Company. In 1922, he built a two-story house across the road from the beach and lived there until his death in 1949. The names Davidsons Beach and Davidsons Point fronting his home became popular shortly after his death. The surfing site at 'O'omano Point, or Davidsons Point, breaks over a shallow apron reef adjoining the beach.
This description is taken from John R. K. Clark's book - Beaches of the Kaua'i which is published by University of Hawai'i Press and available from University of Hawai'i Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing his description of Hawaii's beaches to improve beach safety.