The Bay may call the day, but HPD is already on it. Traffic announcements and barricades have been put in place along Kamehameha Highway in anticipation of Thursday’s swell. No official “Go” from Downing, who offered these wise words instead:
“Let’s not forget, we are not dealing with a concrete stadium sporting event. Surfers and great surfing events are 100 per cent dependent upon many nuances of nature that not even the latest, greatest technology can perfectly predict. What we are saying is that the potential for 20-foot surf does exist. We might go, we might not, but we will always be ready for when the bay calls the day.
As the swell approaches, keep an eye on the Northwest Hawaii buoy, which will provide real-time data of the approaching surf. If the buoy observations are larger than the models have predicted (20.7 feet at 17.8 seconds at 7:00 p.m.), then you might want to jump in your car and head North.