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Hawaii's ocean and beach conditions are as unique as the islands themselves. Exercise caution in and around the ocean. When in doubt, don't go out! Below you will find risk and conditions reports covering the most popular Hawaiian beaches.

The purpose and objectives of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association are to:

  1. Establish and maintain high standards of professional surf and open water lifesaving for the maximizing of public safety in Hawaiian waters.
  2. Provide for the public, professional and governmental education in the field of water safety:
    1. teach, train, develop and disseminate techniques for the rescue of persons in distress in Hawaiian waters.
    2. teach, train, develop and disseminate techniques for the emergency medical care treatment of person injured in Hawaiian waters.
    3. teach, train, develop and disseminate information relating to the prevention of aquatic emergencies in Hawaiian waters.
  3. Actively support the general improvement of lifesaving and humanitarian causes.

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Swim at your Own Risk

Beaches and oceans are dynamic natural environments.  Crowd conditions, currents, waves, wild animals, and other water and beach conditions can rapidly change. The risks and conditions shown on this site are informational only and not always real-time.  Actual conditions may differ.  Lifeguards are not always on duty or available.  Always remain aware of your surroundings and exercise due care for your own safety and the safety of others around you. 

Always check for water warnings or check with a lifeguard before you swim.

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