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Kawaihae Breakwater break guidePhoto by: Ledge Shackchaser

Kawaihae Breakwater Surf Guide

Kawaihae Breakwater in Big Island is a fairly exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. A choice of left and right reefs. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rocks, rips and sharks.

Kawaihae Breakwater Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
26.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Kawaihae Breakwater:

The best conditions reported for surf at Kawaihae Breakwater occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Kawaihae Breakwater (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Kawaihae Breakwater with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 17% of the time in January while 5% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 78% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Kawaihae Breakwater Location Map

Interactive Kawaihae Breakwater surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Kawaihae Breakwater is Waimea Kohala (Kamuela) Airport (MUE) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 19 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Kawaihae Breakwater is Upolu (Opolu) Airport (UPP) in USA, 24 km (15 miles) away.

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Kawaihae Breakwater Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 3 December 2022, 05:30 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Kawaihae Breakwater

Surf stats for Kawaihae Breakwater, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Kawaihae Breakwater

Wind stats for Kawaihae Breakwater, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Kawaihae Breakwater Reviews:

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Based on 2 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.5
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  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Justin Brown from United States
“Kawaihae Breakwall or LSD's only breaks on a swell coming from less than 310 degrees due to the shadow effect of Maui on more Northern swells. In addition, the swell must be fairly strong to make this deepwater longboard wave break at all. Due to these limitations, Breakwall has a pretty limited number of good surfing days per year, and only in the winter. When the waves are breaking at overhead or better it is an outstanding longboard wave that produces frequent 100 yard rides. A great spot for the keikis as the wave reforms on the inside at about knee to waist high.”

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Kawaihae Breakwater. Click below to view there surf guides.

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: consistent
    8km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    11km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: consistent
    12km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Kawaihae Breakwater: