Gives Hawaiʻi beach users timely and accurate information for choosing a beach destination appropriate to their ocean skill level. Three signs are employed to rate Hawaiʻi's life-guarded beaches: Caution, High Hazard, and Extreme Hazard. Because conditions at beaches change quickly we encourage you to check back often for the latest information.
Both nearshore and offshore ratings are provided, each updated every 15 minutes based on forecasts by the National Weather Service. Nearshore conditions are important to beach goers, swimmers, snorkelers and surfers, while offshore information is important for kayakers and boaters. To have the safest experience, visit guarded beaches with a normal caution rating (yellow square).
Hawaiʻi Beach Safety was established through cooperation between the Hawaiʻi Lifeguard Association, City & County of Honolulu, County of Maui, Hawaiʻi Department of Health, Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, and the University of Hawaiʻi School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) as a non-profit venture.