I got lucky yesterday and thanks to an unplanned work shift swap, I scored Hookipa around 11am when the sets were head and a half to double, empty and clean and before it got out of control big. I did miss out on the epic afternoon waves at the harbor, but it was packed by then. Photo by John Patao.
Check the Lahaina or Kihei webcams if interested, for size, conditions and consistency. The Lahaina coast will have plenty wrap from the big North swell.
Below is Pauwela's graph that shows the steep rise of the closely generated N swell. It reached almost 18ft 12s at some points, and it's still pretty elevated.
Hookipa too big, seek for sheltered places like the harbor or the west side. A Hi-Tech rental customer snapped a board at Honolua yesterday, so there's definitely some size over there. The real good news is that there is no sign of the junkiness Pat Caldwell was mentioning in his Friday's post. Below is a closeup from Windy showing the circulation at noon. The strong onshores are over Kauai, but we're getting lucky here in Maui and hopefully we'll be also tomorrow.
Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found here (click on animation of the 10 meter column).
Fetches map (circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked) from Windy.
North Pacific (about 4 days travel time from the NW corner of the North Pacific):
South Pacific (about 7 days travel time from east/west of New Zealand):