Issued: 4/20/2014 12:59:00 PM
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Primarily for boaters and kayakers
000 FZHW52 PHFO 210145 SRFHFO SURF ZONE FORECAST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI 400 PM HST SUN APR 20 2014 HIZ005>011 211400 OAHU 400 PM HST SUN APR 20 2014 HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR THE EAST SHORE SURF ALONG THE EAST SHORE WILL BE 5 TO 8 FEET THIS EVENING INCREASING TO 6 TO 9 FEET MONDAY. SURF ALONG THE NORTH SHORE WILL BE 3 TO 5 FEET THIS EVENING LOWERING TO 2 TO 4 FEET MONDAY. SURF ALONG THE WEST SHORE WILL BE 3 TO 4 FEET THIS EVENING LOWERING TO 1 TO 3 FEET MONDAY. SURF ALONG SOUTH SHORE WILL BE 2 FEET OR LESS THROUGH MONDAY. OUTLOOK THROUGH SATURDAY APRIL 26: STRONG TRADE WINDS WILL PRODUCE ROUGH SURF ALONG THE EAST SHORE THROUGH TUESDAY. THE CURRENT NORTHWEST SWELL WILL SUBSIDE TONIGHT. THERE WILL BE A COUPLE OF SMALL NORTH NORTHWEST SWELLS EARLY IN THE WEEK BEFORE A LARGER NORTHWEST SWELL ARRIVES WEDNESDAY PEAKS THURSDAY THEN SLOWLY SUBSIDES THROUGH THE WEEK. 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. $$ DONALDSON
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WEATHER CONDITIONNot Available
AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES
Information and Beach Analysis
Kaulana o Waimanalo Famous is Waimanalo
I ka pali o Makapuu For the cliffs of Makapuu
I ke kai hawanawana For the whispering sea
Hoopuni ia e na pali. Surrounded by cliffs.
“Kaulana o Waimanalo” by Sam Naeole
Waimanalo Bay, lined by the longest sand beach on windward O’ahu, is three miles wide. Bellows Field Air Force Station occupies the north half of the bay. In July 1966, seventy-six acres at the south end of Bellows were transferred to the State. This section of Bellows had been abandoned as a military recreational site in favor of the north end of the station in the 1950s. Heavily wooded with ironwood trees, this area became a popular spot for stripping stolen cars and other illegal activities once the military left. The activities of the gang that used the woods were compared with those of Robin Hood and his Merry Men in England, so local residents began calling the area Sherwood Forest. Today, the park is officially known as Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, but most beach goers still call it Sherwood Forest or Sherwoods.
The beach fronting the park is long, wide, and sandy. A shallow sandbar at the water’s edge provides good waves for bodysurfing and bodyboarding. A typical windward beach, Sherwoods has an interesting array of marine life, including crabs and the stinging jellyfish, Portuguese man o’war. See the lifeguards for severe stings.
This description is taken from John R. K. Clark's book - Beaches of Oahu (Revised Edition) 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.