The North Shore of Maui was abuzz today as island residents and visitors were lining the coastline to watch huge winter waves. The waves were part of a swell that was hyped to be one of the largest to hit the islands in decades. The waves proved to be quite large and were still rising as of this evening. The biggest waves were forecast to hit Maui overnight with giant sized surf forecast through Wednesday. Truthfully, it appears that the swell may not be quite as large as forecasted locally as the biggest waves are missing Hawaii to the Northeast. That being said, it was quite a spectacle for the thousands that lined the cliffs of Haiku to watch the infamous Jaws or Peahi. The following are some photos taken by our friend Daniel Sullivan of Indigo Paia.
It is always fun to make the trek to the pineapple fields to see Jaws. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it see Jaws in action today, but I had an appointment in Haiku cancel at the last moment. I ended up at a vantage point a little further from the break, but it was nice to be away from the crowds. Even from a little further distance, the power of the wave is a sight to behold.