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4ARedOctober
02-19-2007, 09:51 PM
This is from the Travel Channel. Do you agree? Which one's have you been to? Any other candidates?


Travel Channel :: World's Best Lists :: Top 10 Hawaiian Beaches (http://travel.discovery.com/fansites/worldsbest/hawaiianbeaches/hawaiianbeaches.html)


Top 10 Hawaiian Beaches
By Valerie Conners



Top Picks

10. Waikiki Beach

9. Honaunau Bay

8. Kaanapali Beach

7. Kauna 'oa Beach

6. Poipu Beach

5. Lahaina Beach

4. Hookipa Beach

3. Punalu'u Beach

2. The North Shore

1. Lanikai Beach


Embracing the splendors of Hawaii's sun-soaked beaches comes naturally to most visitors to these islands. A true tropical oasis, Hawaii has something to suit most everyone's fancy. Swirling 30-foot waves make surfers' dreams come true, while down the coast, tranquil turquoise waters beckon frolicking toddlers and families. On shore, beachgoers bask in gleaming white, windswept sands, or revel in the wonder of a rare black beach. Serenity-seekers unwind under towering palm trees overlooking sparkling bays, while jet-setters enjoy the view from private villas and yachts. Sit back, relax and imagine warm, tropical breezes tickling your skin as we take you on a tour of Hawaii's hottest beaches.


10. Waikiki Beach
Location: Oahu, Hawaii
What's Cool: Waikiki was the setting for the famed beach scene in From Here to Eternity.
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Attracting more than 4 million tourists yearly and stretching across two sun-drenched miles of Oahu's coastline lies Waikiki Beach. With Diamond Head Crater at one end, the Ala Wai yacht harbor at the other and skyscrapers towering in the background, Waikiki provides visitors with unforgettable vistas and constant action. Known as a playground for the rich and famous, this beach promises sun-tanned bodies looking to wet their feet in the warm surf. Waikiki's gentle waters are ideal for novice surfers, who can take lessons from the "beachboys." Started in 1920, this group teaches tourists about surfing and Hawaiian culture.

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9. Honaunau Bay
Location: The Big Island, Hawaii
What's Cool: Explore Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, an ancient sanctuary where breakers of the kapu (sacred laws) could take refuge from a death sentence.
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Once the site of a ruling chief's palace, Honaunau Bay offers visitors something other than the white sandy beaches and rolling surf characteristic of Hawaii. Honaunau is home to a true underwater paradise, the Place of Refuge, which attracts scuba divers from all around. Over time, eruptions of the Kilueau volcano poured lava into the ocean, hardening into large, smooth formations now home to an expansive reef of colorful coral heads and formations. The bay satisfies all levels of divers, from beginners to experts, and boasts a large number of fish native to Hawaii, roughly 40 percent of which can be found only in Honaunau. Divers can swim with the likes of long-nosed butterfly fish, surgeon fish, yellow tang and kala and kole even the endangered green sea turtle.

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8. Kaanapali Beach
Location: Maui, Hawaii
What's Cool: The company Beach Activities of Maui is suited to cater a visitor's every whim.
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If luxury hotels and constant pampering are your idea of the perfect beach getaway, Kaanapali Beach is the gem you've been seeking. Some of Hawaii's most exclusive resorts line this stretch of sand and are ready to spoil anyone willing. Perhaps you're looking for your own personal Beach Butler to deliver daiquiris, or hoping to splurge and rent out a beach cabana. Your every wish can be easily granted on Kaanapali. After soaking in the sun, visit one of the resorts and indulge in a tanning consultation or unwind with a lomi lomi massage noted for its spiritual and healing aspects.

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7. Kauna 'oa Beach
Location: The Big Island, Hawaii
What's Cool: Golfers love the nearby $18 million Mauna Kea Golf Course.
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Crescent-shaped Kauna 'oa Beach is the ideal oasis for visitors seeking pristine sands and serenity. This quarter-mile-long beach is very private, and 78-degree water provides the perfect respite from the sand. The famed Mauna Kea Beach Hotel keeps the beach clean and full of healthy coral and fish life, as well as offering guests access to its swank beach facilities. Visitors not staying at the resort can still enjoy this tropical paradise, just with a few restrictions. The hotel limits entry to its private beach, and to a public beach accessible via its grounds, to 25 passes at any given time. Your best bet? Arrive at the beach before 9 a.m. Otherwise, spend the morning enjoying a delectable meal at one of the resort's five restaurants and try to get on the beach later in the afternoon.

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6. Poipu Beach
Location: Kauai, Hawaii
What's Cool: The endangered monk seal is known to play on these shores.
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Located on the southern tip of the island of Kauai, Poipu Beach offers beachgoers something unique to many Hawaiian shores calm waters. In the midst of beaches noted for mind-blowing surf, Poipu has gained a reputation for tranquil seas and golden beaches. Peaceful tradewinds blow offshore, keeping the waters serene for most of the year. Protected bays offer a sandy bottom and never get deeper than 3 feet, making Poipu popular among familes with toddlers and other small children. More advanced swimmers can swim beyond this kiddie-haven to a reef guaranteeing underwater adventures. Families are sure to adore the well-maintained picnic areas and covered pavilions, as well as the shower and bathroom facilities.

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5. Lahaina Beach
Location: Maui, Hawaii
What's Cool: Celebrate your nuptials Hawaiian-style at the Old Lahaina sea wall.
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Nestled in the quaint whaling village of Lahaina, where thatched-roof huts are the norm, idyllic Lahaina Beach is considered one of the world's most romantic beaches. The tranquility of its old fishing village, lush tropical plant life and the majesty of the ocean have made Lahaina a favorite locale for marriage ceremonies. Of course, a great wedding ceremony isn't the only thing this place has to offer no trip here is complete without experiencing the Old Lahaina Luau. This traditional luau traces the history of the hula dance and tantalizes guests with passionate dancing, lei ceremonies and a succulent imu-roasted pig.

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4. Hookipa Beach
Location: Maui, Hawaii
What's Cool: Visit Kuau Cove, home of Mama's Fish House a favorite among area locals.
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It isn't the gorgeous windswept sands that attract visitors to Hookipa Beach it's the winds themselves! Hookipa Beach and its notorious tradewinds are home to some of the finest windsurfing conditions in the world. Wave-riders travel from around the globe to catch the surf at Hookipa. Windsurfers will tell you the best views of Hookipa Beach's gleaming white sands and towering palm trees are from the water, where surfers are privy to the beach's spectacular setting. If jumping on a board and catching some wind doesn't suit your fancy, relax ocean-side and watch one of two world-class competitions held in Hookipa, when windsurfing champions battle wind and sea.

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3. Punalu'u Beach
Location: The Big Island, Hawaii
What's Cool: The natural freshwater wading pool at the far end of the beach is good for rinsing off after snorkeling with endangered turtles.
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One of nature's rarest wonders stretches across the island of Hawaii's shores the black-sand beach of Punalu'u. This magnificent beach formed when lava from two of the world's most active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea, spilled into the ocean and quickly cooled, breaking into minuscule pieces that now comprise the "sand." The black-sand beach with its smoothed glass granules is always warm and soothing, and the wild tropical landscape makes this spot irresistible. Should swimming and sunbathing grow tiresome, grab a net and join the ranks of local fishermen the waters off Punalu'u are noted for their tremendous fishing.

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2. The North Shore
Location: Oahu, Hawaii
What's Cool: Visit Pipeline in mid-November and catch the Triple Crown of Surfing.
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Along the 7-mile stretch of sand encompassing the North Shore, three beaches stand out from the rest. Located in the center of the North Shore, Waimeia Bay boasts calm waters and a large expanse of tranquil beach in the summer, when there is little wave action. But surfers need not despair! In the winter, Waimeia's waves pick up and the surf can grow to 30 feet. For die-hard surfers, the Mecca of the sport lies in Pipeline. Those lucky enough to ride the seemingly impossible waves without a wipeout are left with a lifetime of bragging rites. Finally, as the day draws to a close, visit Sunset Beach, where an explosion of light and color paint the sky as the sun sets gracefully behind the waves.

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1. Lanikai Beach
Location: Oahu, Hawaii
What's Cool: This beach oasis is noted for serving up one of the best sunrises on Oahu.
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Half a mile of sparkling sand, palm trees that sway over a white beach, lush tropical plants and endless sunshine make Lanikai one of Hawaii's most scenic beaches. The shore is protected by a nearby coral reef, which keeps the surf relatively calm, and the water is always a deep turquoise or green. Visitors to Lanikai can kayak to the nearby twin islands of Mokumanu and Mokulua, both noted bird sanctuaries. Lanikai not only seems postcard-perfect it truly is! Having lured many models and photographers over the years, this beach is one of Hawaii's most popular spots for photo shoots!

tennisWalt
02-20-2007, 01:18 PM
10. Waikiki Beach
Location: Oahu, Hawaii
What's Cool: Waikiki was the setting for the famed beach scene in From Here to Eternity.

I don't think Waikiki Beach was the location of the love scence in From Here To Eternity. *See Below

The beach I like best is the Big Beach on Maui. (Big Makena Beach, Maui Hawaii)

http://www.mauistore.com/images/big_beach_w64.jpg

Big Beach in Makena Picture (http://www.mauistore.com/picture_pages/big_beach_in_makena.htm)

Big Beach - Maui Beach Guide (http://www.mauibeachguide.com/Big_Beach.html)

Walt :) :beer:

From Here To Enterity

http://www2.hawaii.edu/~ronaldta/SCUBA/eternity%20beach%202.jpg


At first, they kissed on the beach standing up, and it was Lancaster's idea for the love scene to be played horizontally in the surf. Their embrace was filmed at Halona Cove on the eastern end of Oahu and the location became a highlight of island tours for many years.

From Here to Eternity (http://www.moviediva.com/MD_root/reviewpages/MDFromHeretoEternity.htm)


Halona Cove, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA
(Warden and Karen's kissing in the surf scene)

From Here to Eternity (1953) - Filming locations (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045793/locations)



Halona Cove (http://www2.hawaii.edu/~ronaldta/SCUBA/Halona%20Cove.htm)

Halona Cove

http://www.timeshareforums.com/photopost/data/500/IMG_0630.JPG

Luanne
02-20-2007, 01:29 PM
Wow, didn't even mention one of my favorites (which ended up on "best beach" lists elsewhere) on the Big Island:

Hapuna Beach

4ARedOctober
03-22-2007, 07:12 PM
I agree, there is a whole stretch of beaches in that area that are fantastic.


Wow, didn't even mention one of my favorites (which ended up on "best beach" lists elsewhere) on the Big Island:

Hapuna Beach

dvcforus
04-20-2007, 03:46 PM
Awesome list, thanks for sharing. I am going to file this away for when we someday make it to Hawaii!

Quimby
06-26-2007, 11:09 PM
Amazing pictures...Makes me want to be in Hawaii now!!

odaddy
06-26-2007, 11:28 PM
Went to big beach (Makena) a month ago, It was a great beach! Kaanapali has the amenities, but not as nice a beach.

rainy~daze21
06-26-2007, 11:57 PM
well at least we will get to see one of them, we will be at Waikiki Beac next month, they all sound great!!!

dopeyfav
06-27-2007, 10:03 AM
We enjoyed the pics, thanks everyone for sharing. Great info on all Hawaii beaches.

shopgirl
06-27-2007, 04:43 PM
Napili Beach is really beautiful, with deep sand, beautiful sunsets, lots of palm trees. There is an average little hotel/motel resort right on the beach called Napili Kai. Check their nightly rates on any hotel site and you would be amazed. Many of the rooms don't even have ocean view, but the starting rate at this average spot is $279 for a weeknight, land view, and they are booked way out. People should get to know a bit more about timeshares. :)

4ARedOctober
08-12-2007, 05:30 PM
Walt.....Big beach in Makena is a great beach. The visibility was fantastic. Not very crowded and easy parking when we were there and the locals seem to like it....and it is protected from the afternoon trade winds by earthquake rock. The beach in front of the Grand Wailea was totally blown out when we were there and Big Beach was very nice and calm with just a gentle breeze.

The only issues we had with the beach was the shore break....pretty dangerous for kids...fun if you know how to work with it. Also the drop off is pretty steep and close to shore so the younger kids can't really go out without an adult. Several tour operators and locals discourage tourists from going to Big Beach because of the shore break and the injuries that result. Many say it's a 'locals only' beach.

We found another place just south of Big Beach which was wonderful....more on that later.

4ARedOctober
08-12-2007, 05:51 PM
Here is a great link to the beaches in Hawaii. Add this site to the Wizard Publications books and you have the ticket to the best of Hawaii's beaches.

Hawaiiweb.com link to Beaches on all the islands (http://www.hawaiiweb.com/hawaii/html/beaches/)


Now what we need is link with a map that shows where all these beaches are located. Any links to good sites?

ArtsieAng
08-12-2007, 06:46 PM
Great link, thanks!!!!!

Juleen
10-02-2007, 11:48 AM
Whoooo hoooooo! Not one of our more private, beautiful and serene beaches was listed! And, that's wonderful--long may they stay that way! :O) We have enjoyed the beaches listed but, in our personal opinion, Waikiki Beach is so overused it's not even enjoyable anymore. When it's hard to find a place to put your sand chair, when the sand is littered with cigarette butts and when the ocean is filled with people--it's not our kind of beach. On the other hand, hubby says girl watching is great! <g>

T. R. Oglodyte
10-02-2007, 12:44 PM
I'm glad that none of our favorites were listed. I wouldn't want them to get too popular and get spoiled.

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