There’s something magical about Waikoko Beach, at the west end of Hanalei Bay. Tucked right below the main road, this small cove takes you away from the crowds of busy Hanalei pier and into a world of peace and quiet.

It’s SO incredibly quiet here that I wouldn’t be surprised if people came to Waikoko Beach just to nap in the shade. Coconut trees and other foliage line the shallow-water lagoon and create the perfect pop-up tent for beach-goers looking for cooler conditions. In fact, certain parts of the landscape creates pockets of space for people to hang out – almost as if you have your own private rock-wall beach room.

But it’s the calm lagoon that really makes this place so magical. It’s like a huge saltwater swimming pool, where swimmers wade in the chilly waters or float around on inner tubes. A barrier of rocks protect this lagoon from the big surf outside; therefore, making it the perfect beach for children (and pets).

Our friends and I spent new years day at this beach, where we were blessed with perfect Kona-wind weather and lots of sunshine. We set up at the far end of the beach before paddling out to the outside surf break. Perfectly-peeling lefts and rights rolled right through, and the best part was that there were less than 10 people out! Definitely a great way to kick off our 2014 new year – with friends, surf and sunshine.

Here’s a little snippet of our day at Waikoko Beach. Enjoy!


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