You might recognize this little pocket of paradise from the famous 1950s love story, From Here to Eternity. Actors Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr never made rolling in sand look so sexy. But since being sealed with a Hollywood kiss, the tiny cove has been humbled by more than just romance.
Today, it’s a popular hangout spot for even the G-rated crowd. Moms, dads, aunties, uncles and the kids spend the day at this hidden oasis on Oahu’s southeastern coast. It’s tucked in the crook of a winding Kalanianaole Highway, so it can be easily missed.
Because of the movie’s lip-locked beach romp, this nook of sand and surf earned the nickname, Eternity Beach. On the map, however, it’s called Halona Beach Cove. The beautiful blend of pale yellows and bright blues and teals will no doubt leave a lasting impression on anyone who dares to even peer over the edge of the rocky cliff. Out to the horizon, the colors start to fade and whales perform a synchronized number for surrounding sea spectators.
As intimidating as it may seem, this rocky cliff is the only way in and out of the beach cove, so be very careful. Loose footing and slippery stones may quickly become hazards. Also, make sure to check ocean conditions before journeying to Eternity. This beach is like a bottleneck that forcefully pushes water in and out of its narrow opening, creating dangerous currents for swimming. When the surf’s up, it gets even more dangerous.
Check back on a calm day, however, and it’s a totally different story. People are snorkeling and swimming through shimmering waters or soaking in the sun along the speckled shoreline. Fishermen cast bamboo poles with hopes as high as the surrounding sea cliffs. It’s Here, that you’ll find Eternity on your Hawaii vacation.
HALONA BEACH COVE
• 72 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu, HI 96805 • Parking at Halona Blowhole west of the beach cove • No lifeguard, restrooms or showers •
snorkeling, swimming, tanning, fishing