Today’s Weather: Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Summary: NWS says;  Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 90. Breezy, with a north wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.  We say; Surf expected to be 2ft today.  The actual wind (at Kanaha) should be stronger, we think that it will be averaging 20-25 mph, reaching the high 20’s in the afternoon. Winds today should still be fairly side-onshore, but slightly stronger than yesterday. 

Near-Shore Parking is Vital as an Emergency Access Point. “Protect our Access”. Location Western Kanaha Beach. Photo Suzie Dorn

Weather Map: Map shows a large 1032 mb High in the northeastern Pacific, The center of which is directly North of us, the system has contracted slightly and intensified, bringing the isobars closer together, thereby increasing the PGF.  The orientation, density and curve of the Isobars locally indicate that the wind will be a bit stronger than yesterday and that the underlying trade-wind might be more northerly like yesterday. Noteworthy: The Hurricane named “Fernanda” in the Eastern Pacific has weakened a little, but could re-intensify later today. We will be watching that one, It is currently far away so no need for immediate concern, however, it could produce some swell that could hit our islands around Thursday of next week. **More info on Fernanda below


Wind Forecast: Winds are forecast to be 15-17 mph today from the NE.  Which is more of less the same direction yet slightly less strength than yesterday’s forecast. Some Partially Cloudy Skies in the general forecast (but probably mostly clear to sunny at Kanaha vicinity).  Surf is expected to be about 2ft from the NE today.  Editor’s Note: The actual wind (at Kanaha) will likely be stronger than the forecast model, more like 20-25+ mph.

Small Craft Advisory…windiest coasts and channel around Maui County and the Big Island

Rain Radar: Radar currently shows mostly clear with some very small scattered showers coming in on from today’s Easterly trade wind flow. (*Check to see if the Radar Image has updated to the current date):

Water Temperature: Today’s Water temperature in Kahului is at 81.0 °F degrees Fahrenheit (this is warm).

Today’s Tides Kahului: For more information about Maui Tides go to our TIDES PAGE.

2017/07/15 Sat 01:18 AM 0.52 L
2017/07/15 Sat 06:58 AM 1.20 H
2017/07/15 Sat 11:51 AM 0.77 L
2017/07/15 Sat 6:45 PM 1.96 H
2017/07/16 Sun 02:12 AM 0.40 L
2017/07/16 Sun 08:58 AM 1.34 H
2017/07/16 Sun 1:22 PM 1.08 L
2017/07/16 Sun 7:31 PM 1.76 H

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous, Illumination: 64%     The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes the Last Quarter Moon with an illumination of 50%.  [Source]

Sunrise and Sunset Kahului:

  Sunrise/Sunset Daylength Solar Noon
Jul Sunrise Sunset Length Difference Time Mil. mi
Jul 15 5:53 am 7:10 pm 13:16:27 −0:35 12:32 pm (89.5°) 94.481


NWS Forecast Today:

Humidity 77%
Barometer 30.05 in (1018.0 mb)
Dewpoint 68°F (20°C)
Visibility 10.00 mi
Heat Index 77°F (25°C)

.TODAY…East winds 20 knots. Wind waves 3 feet. East swell
3 feet in the morning. Isolated showers through the day.
.TONIGHT…East winds 15 knots. Wind waves 4 feet. Isolated
showers in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight.
.SUNDAY…East winds 20 knots. Wind waves 4 feet. Scattered
showers in the morning, then isolated showers in the afternoon.


Wind Yesterday: The wind was very side-onshore all day. The wind speed stayed steady, averaging around 23 mph.  The strongest gusts were about 29 mph.


Hurricane Season:  Hurricanes are most likely to occur July through December in Hawaii. Hurricanes bring severe bad weather, flooding rain and potentially devastatingly strong winds. The passing of a Hurricane may last days or up to a week or more. The Hurricanes usually develop far away in the eastern Pacific and we generally get several days or more warning of their approach. So there is usually time to make preparations and even evacuate if necessary. Many Hurricanes come close to Hawaii but are just too far away to have a severe effect, This near-miss scenario, and repeated canceled warnings, can give some people a false sense of security. Until one does hit, and they may be unprepared. Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)



Maui Surf Report

Maui Surf Report: For more detailed Surf Information go to our Maui Surf Report Page.  


Today’s Kite Pro-Tip:  Avoid Crashing!: It seems so basic, but it still needs mentioning because people are not all kiting safely. It is the responsibility of every kiter to Avoid Crashing. This means that if someone is in your path, you must do what ever you need to do to avoid crashing into them! 

SO there are also rules of the Road, and etiquette, but the Number One Rule above all others is “Avoid Collisions At all Costs“. So this means that if there is someone in your path water starting, then you must Stop or turn around. You cannot keep coming and hit them or their kite. SO every kiter needs to develop a sense of Spatial awareness, and know how much room (and time) they need to maneuver around obstacles and especially avoid tangling kites too. Keep in mind you also need a margin of safety too, because you cannot “scrape by” close to people with a few feet to spare and say you are kiting safely. Never endanger another person, so do not attempt to pass by other people in an unsafe manner. Learn how to stop quickly and turn reliably so that you can always take the necessary steps to avoid collisions, and crashing into other people. Always be prepared to stop, and wait until the way is clear. Never proceed if the path in front of you is not clear, SIMPLE. 


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Protect Our Access (URGENT): Kanaha Beach Parking is Under Threat: 

The Maui County has a Plan to “improve” Kanaha Park, that would remove the 4 parking areas, relocate available parking eastward, and eliminate all of the near-shore access parking in the western half of the beach park that kiters (and local families/fishermen etc) use. If you do not want to lose this access, then please make your voice heard, and read the comments and sign the Petition here.


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Aloha, Have fun and be Safe out there.

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