King Tides This Weekend

King's High Tide Waikiki

This weekend, starting yesterday, high tides in Hawaii are supposed to be unusually high. According to Wikipedia, “King tides are simply the very highest tides. They are naturally occurring, predictable events.”

Higher than normal high tides are impacting areas in Waikiki, Ala Moana and Mapunapuna where the shoreline is very close to the ocean. The so-called King Tides are impacting low lying areas around resorts and businesses, causing some flooding.

For many people it is a chance to go to the beach and actually enjoy the waves whether in the water or not. It presents photographers with a good opportunity to snap pictures of waves, people, beaches and maybe some destruction. 🙂

My friend Lisa and I ventured out to Queen’s Beach in Waikiki yesterday and recorded our impression of King Tide with photos and for the first time with our very first, unintentional podcast. You can listen to that by clicking on the link below:

More Links From Other Sources:

King Tides Are Providing A Glimpse Of Hawaii’s Future – Honolulu Civil Beat

King Tides Bring Fish to Honolulu Streets – KITV 4 News

While King Tides are attributed to “predictable events” some people and the media are giving them more attention connecting the phenomena to “global warming”. I think the jury is still out on this one.

So let us ask. King Tides… is it part of global warming? Leave us a comment.

King's High Tide Waikiki

King's High Tide Waikiki

King's High Tide Waikiki

King's High Tide Waikiki

More photos of tides, beaches and Waikiki on our Flickr site.

Audio podcast by Mel and Lisa. Visit Lisa’s blogs at Laha Lele and 

The podcast was created with the Android app Spreaker Studio on a Samsung Galaxy J7 smart phone.


Melvin Ah Ching is a photographer, consultant, blogger, desktop publisher, and computer enthusiast living and working in Hawaii. The Hawaii Files have been online since 2006.