Category: Hawaii Beaches & Ocean

Haleiwa and Oahu’s North Shore: Surfing Capital of the World

Update on Feb. 10: The Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau did NOT take place today. Wave heights were not sufficient… If you’re here in Hawaii Wednesday, you may be lucky enough to witness a historical event that’s happened only eight other times in 30 years: The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau. The event […]

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Waimanalo Beach Hawaii: One of the Nation’s Best Beaches

Waimanalo Beach once was one of Hawaii’s best-kept secrets. Just 45 minutes from Waikiki, this sprawling shoreline is quiet, scenic, and great for any kind of beach day.  But then the secret got out! In 2015, Dr. Beach named Waimanalo Beach Hawaii the #1 beach in America – a big achievement for this rural spot. […]

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Surfing by Moonlight in Waikiki

Surfers are known, notorious even, for going to extremes to find quality, uncrowded surf. And as surf culture continues to spread across the globe, uncrowded surf is increasingly hard to come by. Surfers suffer endless air travel fraught with hassles, purposefully endure third world conditions, even brave perilous war zones in the pursuit of uncrowded […]

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Maunalua Bay Seaweed Cleanup Making Progress

On the backside of iconic Diamond Head is East Honolulu and Maunalua Bay. Scarcely as well-known as its glamorous neighbor Mamala Bay (home to Waikiki Beach, the Honolulu waterfront and Pearl Harbor), Maunalua Bay begins at Blackpoint, a small, jutting peninsula crusted with elaborate, million dollar homes. Maunalua Bay is comprised of about 8 miles […]

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Starry Night in the Sand – Hawaii Bioluminescence

Last night my husband and I were taking a nighttime stroll down Ke Iki beach on the North Shore, when all of a sudden our footsteps in the sand lit up with sparks of blue/green light. Every foot or so a small glow flickered, each one glinting up from the wet, dark sand like a […]

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Waimea Bay: A Must-Visit Any Time of Year

Waimea Bay in Oahu is one of Hawaii’s best beaches. But really, it seems like two totally different beaches, depending on what time of year you visit. In winter months, it draws big wave surfers who aim to ride its 30+ foot tall waves. In the summer, it’s a tranquil swimming spot that’s perfect for […]

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What to Expect at Sandy Beach on Oahu

At Oahu’s southeastern tip is Sandy Beach, with a popular shorebreak famous for its size and raw power. Locals love “Sandy’s” for its waves and easy accessibility, and visitors are attracted to its broad, white sands and crystal clear water.  Two lifeguard towers, freshwater showers, bathroom facilities, expansive grass fields, and nearby food trucks make […]

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Hawaii Babes and Beaches

I have to start off by first saying I am not a mother. Yet. But I am at the age where most of my friends, family members and coworkers are welcoming bundles of joy, so the baby thing has been on my mind lately, so to speak. What I’ve realized is that many new parents […]

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Underwater Guide to Hawaii

Everyone writes the ultimate guides for Hawaii’s land characteristics, like the ultimate guide to Hawaii’s waterfalls, beaches, hiking trails, etc. But what you rarely find is a guide to the underwater world of these tropical islands, which is just as diverse and exciting as the above-the-surface stuff. Plus, snorkeling, diving and swimming are major activities […]

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My Favorite Beaches on Kauai

Kauai, the oldest island within Hawaii’s chain, is known for its relaxed, quiet, and relatively unpopulated beaches. Fifty miles of white sand adorn this garden isle, giving visitors a wide variety to choose from. But with so many options, and so little time, how do you pick or even prioritize which beach to spend your […]

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Snorkeling in Hawaii 101: Top Spots, Gear Rentals, and Best Advice

Snorkeling in Hawaii is one of the best beach activities for travelers and locals alike. It’s an incredible way to experience the warm ocean and underwater life. And one wants to miss out on that! Many visitors will snorkel every day of their Hawaii vacation – a great activity since it’s free in most spots. […]

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Getting more out of your Beach Day in Hawaii

So you’re vacationing to Hawaii, but you’re not a seasoned beach goer. No worries, Hawaii gets plenty of newcomers to its shores. Part of Hawaii’s lure for vacationers who live in noncoastal regions of the world is its beautiful beaches and warm ocean. It’s the epitome of a tropical vacation, right? Anyone holidaying in Hawaii […]

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