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Kawela ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 2.3

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Kawela Surf Guide

Kawela in Molokai is an exposed reef break that has unreliable waves with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the north. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southeast. A right hand reef break. It's often crowded here. Take care of rocks, rips, urchins and sharks.

Kawela Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
24.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Kawela:

The best conditions reported for surf at Kawela occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Kawela with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 34% of the time in May while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 34% 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 Kawela Location Map

Interactive Kawela 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 Kawela is Molokai Airport (MKK) in Usa Molokai Isl., 19 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Kawela is Kapalua (Lahania-kapalua) Airport (JHM) in Usa Maui Isl., 30 km (19 miles) away.

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Kawela Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 17 April 2021, 13:21 Local Time
Saturday 17
Wave (m) 0.6
Period (s) 19 19 19 18
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 20
NE 20
ENE 20
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Kawela

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

Wind History at Kawela

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

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