Huge waves spotted in Maui’s Hana Bay due to Guillermo

Hana Bay (Photo: Sweetie Victorine-Dyment)

Surf was up in Hana Bay Wednesday.

Sweetie Victorine-Dyment shared video of the waves there. Lots of people could be seen either surfing or wave-watching.

Lifeguards in Hookipa say waves were in the 6- to 8-foot range and they’re expecting bigger waves on Thursday.

“It’s super fun. I was expecting it to be raining all day. I mean it’s gorgeous outside. We have pumping surf. We are in Waiehu. It’s going to be super fun and might head out country way,” said big-wave surfer Paige Alms.

While that is good news for surfers, people unfamiliar with the water should be extra cautious.

“The high surf is the main concern right now, just for east-facing shores,” said Anna Foust with Maui County Civil Defense.

A high surf warning remains in effect for east-facing shores of Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai due to a large swell generated by Guillermo.

Ocean safety officials are asking the public to be careful and stay out of the water, unless they are experienced swimmers.

People are also urged to stay away from shoreline ledges as sudden swells can quickly push you off your feet onto the rocks causing serious injury or even drag you into the ocean.

Emergency officials say people who prepared for the storm shouldn’t feel like it was a waste of time, because a very active hurricane season is expected.

Alex Cerball is on Maui and will have a full report on KHON2 News at 5 and 6 p.m.

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