Hawaiian Beaches
Among the Best in the USA

The Hawaiian beaches are among the Best of the Nation. Hawaii became in 1959 the 50th State of the Union and it is a booming place where the Tourism Industry plays an important role. Hawaii offers a tropical weather all year round and above all its people of Polynesian, Asian and American descent are always smiling and ready to treat the visitors like Royalty.

The coastline of Hawaii which means the sum of all the island’s coastlines is 75 miles or about 1,200 Km mostly surrounded by cliffs, bays and beautiful beaches. The origin of the islands is volcanic and from that are the significant variations in the landscape.

I am trying to mention here some of the Best Hawaiian Beaches. It is not an easy task. The State of Hawaii with its four islands has been blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches one can find on this planet.

Mauna Kea Beach on the Big Island Hawaii

Mauna Kea Beach on the Big Island Hawaii

  • Mauna Kea Beach, Big Island

    Mauna Kea is located on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island Hawaii. This beach is not easy to get to but once you are there your reward is a spectacular beach not crowded like many others because the resort hotel nearby limits the number of passes issued to access this beach. It is shallow and you can wade out and still walk in the waters. This is a great beach for kids. There are no services on the beach, so bring your own chairs, water and snacks.
  • Hapuna Beach, Big Island

    This beach has been voted many times as one of the “Most Beautiful Beaches of the World”. It is the Island’s longest beach. There is white sand on the bottom and it extends to form quiet a wide stretch of beach. It is recommended beach for children due to its shallow waters. But as in many Hawaiian Beaches you must keep an eye on the waves, because they can surprise you. The lifeguards usually post markers indicating the condition of the waves and the water.

Aerial view of Poipu Beach on the Island of Kauai

Aerial view of Poipu Beach on the Island of Kauai

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  • Poipu Beach, Kauai

    Poipu Beach on the Garden isle of Kauai is a sandy beach with clear waters. It is very popular for beach sports like surfing, swimming and boogie boarding, as well as snorkeling and scuba diving.

    It is a safe beach with life guard seven days a week. It has been named as America’s Best Beach by The Travel Channel and has always ranked among the ten Best Beaches of the nation.
  • Kiahuna Beach, Kauai

    This beach is connected to Poipu Beach and it is just a few minutes’ walk west. As in Poipu the beach is great and very popular among snorkelers, divers and swimmers. This is known as a great place for beginner surf lessons. Since there is no parking available here the best bet is to use the Poipu Beach park and walk.

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Kaanapali Beach on the amazing Island of Maui

Kaanapali Beach on the amazing Island of Maui

  • Kaanapali Beach, Maui

    Kaanapali Beach in Maui, the Valley Isle, is a water sports paradise. You’ll find here any imaginable ocean recreations. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving are perfect. It is known by other names like Canoe Beach, Dig me beach and Keka’a Beach.

    This beach is very busy, so if you are looking for solitude this is not the place. On the other hand if you are looking for fun, shopping, restaurants, fishing, kayaking and people-watching, this is the ideal place for you.

    There is volcanic Black Rock in the middle dividing the beach very famous for the terrific snorkeling around it.
  • Kapalua Beach, Maui

    This beach is suited for groups of families with small children. Since it is located on a protected crescent shaped bay it is safe against big surfs. Kapalua Beach is one of Maui’s luxury communities.  It is located about 15 minutes north of Kaanapali Beach.

    The surf, if any is quite and the beach is ideal for families with small children. It is also bordered by coconut palms providing the necessary shade. It is also near the historic port of Lahaina. I first heard about Lahaina, more than forty years ago on James Michener’s book “Hawaii”.

    This beach is good for snorkeling in the many coral colonies and tropical fish. The beach resorts offer beach activities desks offering equipment for snorkeling and many other water sports.

The world renowned Waikiki Beach on the Island of Oahu

The world renowned Waikiki Beach on the Island of Oahu

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  • Waikiki Beach, Oahu

    Waikiki Beach Hawaii, south of Honolulu, the capital is the island’s main hotel and resort area and a meeting place for visitors from around the Globe. The main strip of Kalakaua Avenue features world renowned stores and boutiques as well as restaurants cafes, activities and all kind of entertainment.

    But it is still more famous for its beaches that are accessible from the hotels by walking a few steps. This beach has seen during almost a century the faces of many celebrities that have come here to enjoy the beach and have made it one of the most famous beaches in the world.

    Waikiki offers more than beaches, like the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium both with lots of entertainment for the families. Other attractions are nearby Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace, Hanauma Bay and Nuuanu Pali lookout.

Lanikai Beach on the Island of Oahu

Lanikai Beach on the Island of Oahu

  • Lanikai Beach, Oahu

    In the Hawaiian language Lanikai means “Heavenly Sea”. This is exactly what Lanikai is. The waters are turquoise and the sands so fine and white that the place is pure heaven. There are always trade winds appeasing the hot days of Oahu Beaches.

    It is located on Oahu’s windward coast and it is a popular hangout place for locals and visitors alike. It is a safe beach for swimming and plain sun tanning. During weekdays it is not as crowded as it may be during weekends and tourist’s seasons.

  • Papohaku Beach on the island of Molokai

    This is a three mile long and 300 feet wide gold sand beach. It is one of the longest of Hawaii’s beaches. It is a relaxed beach great for walking, picnics, sunset watching. Except in summer, swimming is a bit risky because of the big surf and riptides. It offers facilities like showers, restrooms, picnic grounds and parking.

For more information visit Hawaii Tourism Website

Hulopo'e Beach in Lanai

Hulopo'e Beach in Lanai

  • Hulopo’e Beach Lanai

    This beach on the island of Lanai is a safe beach to swim. Lanai Beaches are beautiful with white sands and the waters are crystal clear. The beach is located in a protected Marine Life Conservation Area so there are numerous and colorful fish as well as idyllic coral formations found here.

    Sweetheart Rock or Pu’u Pehe Rock is seen to the left of the beach. Besides good swimming this beach is good for snorkeling, scuba diving and body surfs. It provides shaded areas and many amenities like restroom facilities, picnic tables, showers and shaded areas

This has been a brief introduction of the Hawaiian Beaches; we tried to cover the main Six Islands and its best beaches for the best Hawaii vacations. We will continue to describe them one by one.

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hawaii lanikai    travis thurston

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