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Makalawena ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Makalawena Spot ID

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Type: beach

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell NW | Wind ESE

Sea Temperature Today is: 28.0 °C

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Sunday, 21 October 2018, 13:04 Local time
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Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 9 8 8 -
Wind (km/h) 10
NNW 10
NW 10
Wind State cross-

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Makalawena in Big Island is a quite exposed beach break that has consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the east southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. The beach breaks consists of rights. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Hazards include rips and sharks.

Hawaii, United States wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Kua Bay, 4 km from Makalawena.

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Makalawena Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Kailua/Kona Airport, 7 km from Makalawena.

light winds from the SW

Dry and partly cloudy
Air temperature
28.9 °C

Current weather near Makalawena

Buoy Data:

At Hilo, Hawaii, HI, 70 miles from Makalawena.

  8AM 9AM 10AM 11AM
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 Makalawena Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in October

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Town and city forecasts close to Makalawena:

  • Closest city location
    62 mi
  • Second closest city location
    81 mi
  • Third closest city location
    157 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    157 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    160 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Makalawena is Kona International At Keahole Airport (KOA) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 6 km (4 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Makalawena is Waimea Kohala (Kamuela) Airport (MUE), also in Usa Hawaii Isl., 45 km (28 miles) away.
  • Third is Bradshaw Aaf Airport (BSF) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 51 km (32 miles) away.
  • Upolu (Opolu) Airport (UPP) in USA is 56 km (35 miles) away.
  • Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Usa Hawaii Isl. is the fifth nearest airport to Makalawena and is 104 km (65 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Makalawena, HAW - Big Island. Use the tab navigation above to view Makalawena sea temperature, Makalawena photographs, Makalawena detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Makalawena webcams, current wind from HAW - Big Island live weather stations and Makalawena 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 Makalawena.