Category Archive: Hawaii beaches

The yin and the yang of Waikiki Beach

Most people think of Oahu’s Waikiki Beach as a kind of Las Vegas, minus the casinos, plus the ocean. And that view is true. The two miles of sand—from Ala Wai Harbor to… Continue reading

The wild side of paradise is hidden on the Big Island

Between the tourist buzz of Kailua-Kona and the destination resorts of South Kohala is … well a whole lot of nothing—or, rather, nothing man-made. On this run of wild coast are some of… Continue reading

This is why Kauai is called the Garden Island

All the Islands have lush pockets, but Kauai—the farthest north and by far the oldest—is entirely a green landscape, with jungled ridges cleaved by streams that open to verdant fields.  This vista of… Continue reading

Everybody’s gone surfin’ at Waimea Bay

The North Shore of Oahu boasts the Mt. Rushmore of pro-surfing venues—Pipeline, Haleiwa, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay—where real-life beach boys and girls ride unreal waves. The shore also has a few dozen… Continue reading

Surfer Alert: Kauai has a North Shore too!

The North Shore of Oahu has four world-surfing tour beaches, and is known as the best board-riding coast in the world. But go north from there to the north shore of Kauai, and… Continue reading

Hawaii’s surefire cure for the Blues

Lahaina State of Mind

Maui’s Lahaina has the perfect beaches, historical sites, and a fun run of shops and restaurants—adding up to one of Hawaii’s best walk-around towns.  Baby Beach (above) has good snorkeling and plenty of… Continue reading

The real Hawaii? Look no further than Kauai’s Anahola

Thanks to Prince Jonah Kuhio and the Land Act of 1895, Anahola was one of the first places where native Hawaiians could ‘own’ land (999-year leases) that had been taken away in the… Continue reading