Currents force closure of several Kauai beaches

The Associated Press

Several beaches on Kauai have been closed due to strong currents.

Ocean Safety Bureau officials say Kalihiwai, Kee, Haena and Hanalei beaches were closed Monday.

Battalion Chief Albert Kaui says firefighters responded three times to swimmers being swept out of Kalihisai Bay and all were rescued successfully. He says everyone should exercise extreme caution given the conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for Kauai's north and west-facing shores effective until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Surf on Monday was expected to be between 16 and 22 feet along north and west-facing shores on Kauai, as well as north-facing shores on Oahu, Molokai, Maui and the Big Island.