Big surf headed to Oahu's North ShoreUPDATED 10:37 PM HST Jan 21, 2014Video Transcript
The wait is almost over on the north shore... Some residents are counting down to see big waves -- others are crossing their fingers -- hoping their homes will be spared. KITV4's Brenton Awa has the latest. 16-26 39-43 It's the night before what could be one of the biggest swells on record... And all through the north shore -- are reminders about the danger of being this close to the ocean when big surf is set to roar ashore. 1402 SHAYNE "RIGHT NOW IS THE CALM BEFORE THE SURF AND TOMORROW WE ARE EXPECTING EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SURF SO IF ANYBODY PUTS THEIR LIVES IN JEOPARDY THEY'RE ALSO GOING TO BE PUTTING OUR LIFEGUARDS LIVES AT RISK SO WE'RE JUST ASKING EVERYBODY TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER AND TO STAY FAR AWAY FROM THE SHORELINES." Lifeguards put up caution tape across surf spots... Civil defense closed Waimea Bay Beach Park just before sunset... But the warnings won't stop big wave surfer Jamilah Starr who lives for these kinds of days. 22:28 -STARR "THESE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT WE WAIT FOR AND WE PRAY FOR." The National Weather Service says this is a once in a decade high surf event. 2306 STARR "THESE SWELLS ARE PRETTY RARE." 2313 "WHATEVER HAPPENS WE'LL KNOW TOMORROW. WHEN IT'S OVER 20-PLUS, IT'S ALL BIG." Some beach-front residents near Rocky Point are all too familiar with the dangers of a large Westerly swell. Three weeks ago their homes were hanging on a cliff -- after a smaller swell hitting in the same direction wiped out parts of their property. This time -- they feel prepared after boarding up -- and building a temporary wall. Still, some plan to play it safe, and evacuate to higher ground. 2337 -STARR "ALL THE LITTLE KIDS WE'RE GOING TO RELOCATE TONIGHT, WE HAVE A GOOD PLACE AND MAYBE THE NEXT DAY TOO." Even though tomorrows waves are expected to be large enough for the "Eddie" big wave contest... It's still a "no go" because weather conditions just aren't right. The north shore isn't the only area bracing for big surf ... The leeward coast is expected to see 20-30 foot faces as well tomorrow. Because of that -- the DLNR has closed Kaena Point State Park.