Category Archive: Hawaii beaches

Finding the lost beaches of north of Kona

The view flying into the Kona Airport is of a never-ending landscape of scorched black lava, often hazed by volcanic smog. It’s not anyone’s idea of paradise.  Post-apocalyptic is more like it. Wrong.… Continue reading

Why Waikiki? It’s Wacky, Relaxing, Affordable.

Ala Wai Canal on Oahu was dredged a hundred years ago, draining a swamp and setting the stage for the canyons of high-rise hotels, designer shops, and eateries that draws millions of sun-seekers… Continue reading

Trailblazers are Hawaii’s Trip Advisor

Keep it simple and do it right: Rather than sort through thousands of posts written by hundreds of people on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor, pick up a Trailblazer guide. You will find… Continue reading

Make sure your Hawaiian Vacation is a Honeymoon and not a Blind Date from Hell

Say the words “Hawaiian Vacation” to 100 people and you are likely to get 100 positive responses—and all 100 will differ from one another. The fact is, one person’s dream vacation is another… Continue reading

Historic Kua Bay is now Kona’s most happening beach scene

Fewer than ten years ago—and a thousand years before that—Kua Bay was reachable only by walking down a rutted, unsigned “road,” located about ten miles north of touristy Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.… Continue reading

Hidden gems lie just beyond Maui’s swank Wailea

The southwest (“Gold Coast”) of Maui boasts upscale Wailea, home to a string of some of the world’s finest destination resorts—but beyond that is a virtually resort-free coastline. Some of the beaches here… Continue reading

Whoa! You can still find a secluded paradise on the Big Island

Take the coastal highway about 20 miles south of Resortville in Kona, and you will find the fishing village of Miloli’i, and from there walk 20 minutes on a coastal trail to the… Continue reading

Is this Hawaii’s sexiest beach?

Dreamy Lanikai Beach on Windward Oahu is pure eye candy, with cupcake islands just offshore its silky sands. Flowering shrubs line the paths from an uber-cool beach cottage community. Don’t be surprised to… Continue reading