The state is warning people to stay away from dangerous shore break in East Oahu.
The coast, especially Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, is experiencing continued high surf due to Celia’s remnants.
The public is urged to stay out of the water at the tide pools below Makapuu lighthouse, as large waves can break and sweep over rocks flooding the tides pools. The strong returning surge is also dangerous, pulling the water back over the sharp rocks and out to sea.
Officials say that’s what led to the deaths of Mark Hornor and his 6-year-old daughter, Mina — a rogue wave swept the young girl off the rocks and her father tried to save her.
“The public should not go into the tide pools during these conditions, and should stay far back from the water and view the area from safe distance on dry land. Only during calm seas and when the rocks around the tide pools are dry, and after careful observation of wave patterns should one consider entering the pools,” the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a press release.
Any social media that recommends access to the water during high surf conditions is irresponsible and should be ignored, officials say. The area is remote and isolated and, in event of emergency, first responders will either have to hike in, fly in or approach by water craft.
All park users must heed the park’s posted warning signs referring to “Waves break on ledge” as a reminder that these conditions may randomly occur without adequate time to exit the tide pools.