King Tide peak level forecast for Maui

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement today ahead of a record high tide expected to arrive in the Hawaiian Islands over the next several days.

The largest impacts in Maui County are due between 3:44 p.m. and 5:09 p.m. Friday, May 26, with high tides ranging from 2 feet at Mākena to 2.9 feet at Hāna, according to the tide forecast calendar. from NOAA. Tides in excess of 2 feet are expected at various locations today through Sunday. (See forecast below)

Photo credit: Hawaii Sea Grant Center for Coastal and Climate Science and Resilience. Maui Now graphic overlay.

Similar to the weekend of April 28 to May 1, when the highest tides on record were reported for Honolulu, the NWS says impacts from the approaching “king tide” will include beach flooding and standing water on roads and low areas near the coast through the weekend. The NWS advises that coastal flooding is forecast for the next few days along all coasts of the Hawaiian Islands due to the record high event.

Ocean models generated by the University of Hawaii’s Sea Level Center indicate that high water levels will likely persist through the summer. According to the Hawai’i Sea Grant Center for Coastal and Climate Science and Resilience program, record high water levels are expected around the next astronomically highest tides of the year, called “king tides,” occurring over a few days around new moons. May 25-26, June 23-24, and July 21-22 in Hawai’i.

“A large southern summer swell is expected to form Friday and continue through Memorial Day weekend, before steadily slowing down next week. Waves generated by this southerly swell will likely be advisory level heights, but will be exacerbated by high tides, causing additional beach upwelling, flooding and erosion,” the NWS reports.


Here are the daily high tide times for select locations in Maui County, which will correspond to the maximum coastal impact. Predictions are forecasts, but actual high tides may be higher than projected:


Port of Kahului:

05/24 Wednesday 2:15 p.m. 2.58 ft
05/25 Thursday 2:59 p.m. 2.73 ft
05/26 Friday 3:44 p.m. 2.78 ft
05/27 Saturday 4:31 p.m. 2.73 ft



05/24 Wednesday 2:55 p.m. 2.71 ft
05/25 Thursday 3:39 p.m. 2.87 ft
05/26 Friday 4:24 p.m. 2.92 ft
5/27 Saturday 5:11 p.m. 2.86 ft
05/28 Sun 6 pm 2.72 ft


05/24 Wednesday 3:36 p.m. 1.88 ft
25/05 Thursday 4:20 p.m. 2 feet
05/26 Friday 5:05 p.m. 2.03 ft
5/27 Saturday 5:52 p.m. 1.99 ft

Kamalapau, Lānaʻi:

05/24 Wednesday 3:38 p.m. 2.49 ft
05/25 Thursday 4:22 p.m. 2.62 ft
05/26 Friday 17:09 2.66 ft
05/27 Saturday 17:57 2.6 feet
05/28 Sunday 6:48 p.m. 2.48 ft

Kaunakakai, Molokaʻi:

05/24 Wednesday 3:37 p.m. 2.5 ft
05/25 Thursday 4:20 p.m. 2.65 ft
05/26 Friday 17:03 2.69 feet
05/27 Saturday 17:48 2.63 ft
5/28 Sunday 6:24 p.m. 2.48 ft

The Maui County Emergency Management Agency has released predicted peak water level and wave times for Kihei and Lahaina, as shown below:

Dated Lahaina Kihei
5/24 Wednesday 3:33 p.m. 4:07 p.m.
5/25 Thursday 4:17 p.m. 4:51 p.m.
*5/26 Friday 5:02 p.m. 5:36 p.m.
*5/27 Saturday 5:49 p.m. 6:23 p.m..
5/28 Sunday 6:38 p.m. 7:12 p.m.
05/29 Monday 7:31 p.m. 8:05 p.m.

*peak/surf water levels expected at these times

Here are the daily high tide times for Honolulu which will correspond to the maximum coastal impact for this location:

05/24 Wednesday 3:36 p.m. 2.29 ft
05/25 Thursday 4:20 p.m. 2.42 ft
5/26 Friday 5:07 p.m. (peak water levels/expected surf) 2.46 ft
5/27 Saturday 5:55 p.m. (peak water levels/expected surf) 2.40 feet
5/28 Sunday 6:46 p.m. 2.28 feet
05/29 Monday 7:40 p.m. 2.10 feet

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