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Kapaniah ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.6

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Kapaniah Spot ID

kapaniah hurricane swell photo


Photo credit: seth knappe

Type: reef

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell NE | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 27.6 °C

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Saturday, 20 October 2018, 13:34 Local time
Saturday 20
Wave (m) 1.3
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 15
ENE 15
ENE 15
ENE 20
Wind State on on cross-

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Kapaniah in Big Island is a reef break that is often working and works all around the year. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. Surfable at all stages of the tide. Crowds are never a problem here. Take care of - Urchins - Rocks.

Hawaii, United States wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Honokane Bay, 6 km from Kapaniah.

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Kapaniah Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Makapala Kapaau wx, 1 km from Kapaniah.


Partly Cloudy
Air temperature
26.2 °C

Current weather near Kapaniah

Buoy Data:

At Hilo, Hawaii, HI, 60 miles from Kapaniah.

  9AM 10AM 11AM 12PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.7
Dominant period (s) 11 11 11 11

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Overall Kapaniah Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in October

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Town and city forecasts close to Kapaniah:

  • Closest city location
    56 mi
  • Second closest city location
    64 mi
  • Third closest city location
    152 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    154 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    156 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Kapaniah is Upolu (Opolu) Airport (UPP) in USA, 12 km (7 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Kapaniah is Waimea Kohala (Kamuela) Airport (MUE) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 27 km (17 miles) away.
  • Third is Bradshaw Aaf Airport (BSF) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 56 km (35 miles) away.
  • Kona International At Keahole Airport (KOA) in Usa Hawaii Isl. is 63 km (39 miles) away.
  • Hana Airport (HNM) in Usa Maui Isl. is the fifth nearest airport to Kapaniah and is 69 km (43 miles) away.
Kapaniah break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Kapaniah, HAW - Big Island. Use the tab navigation above to view Kapaniah sea temperature, Kapaniah photographs, Kapaniah detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Kapaniah webcams, current wind from HAW - Big Island live weather stations and Kapaniah tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Kapaniah.