James Kealoha Beach Park is a popular tourist destination in South Hilo, Hawaii. It is named after James Kealoha, a respected Hilo politician and the first Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii. Locals call it the “Four Miles Beach” because it is exactly 4 miles from the Hilo town post-office.
The beach is a popular destination for all sorts of recreational activities such as swimming, snorkeling, surfing, picnics, sunbathing and fishing. The eastern end of the beach is protected by an offshore reef, keeping the nearshore water calm and ideal for swimming while the rocky reef is an excellent spot for snorkeling. The pockets of white sand are great for soaking up some sun while the lush trees behind the beach provide shade for picnickers. Read more
Larsen’s Beach, originally known as Ka’aka’aniu Beach, is a secluded and undeveloped beach in the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii. It is named after L. David Larsen, former manager of C Brewer’s Kilauea Sugar Company.
The beach features a two-mile long but narrow strip of sand which is ideal for strolling and sunbathing. Behind the beach are lush trees and vegetation. While inviting, the waters of Larsen’s Beach is less than ideal for swimming. The nearshore ocean bottom is rocky and too shallow for a dip. Read more
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, formerly known as the Maui Zoological and Botanical Gardens, is a 7-acre botanical garden located in the heart of bustling Kahului in Maui, Hawaii. It features an impressive collection of native and Polynesian-introduced plants, many of which were important crops throughout early Hawaiian history.
The garden is established by native Hawaiian botanist Rene Sylva in 1976 as a means of educating the public about the importance of preserving native plants and understand their significance in Hawaiian history and culture. Today, the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is one of the most cherished gardens and a popular tourist atttraction in the island. Read more
Nukolii Beach Park, also known as Kawailoa Beach or Kauai Beach, is a white sand beach with azure waters in Lihue on the east shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Stretching for two miles, it is the longest beach on the island’s eastern coast. It is adjacent to Lydgate Beach Park and fronts the Wailua Golf Course and Hilton Kauai Beach Resort.
The blue waters may be inviting but can be too rough for swimming. An offshore reef provides little protection especially during times of high surf. Plus, the nearshore waters are shallow and somewhat rocky making swimming difficult. The area fronting the golf course is the best spot for those who insist to take a dip. There are good opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing but only when the water is calm. Read more
Lawai Beach is a small strip of beach fronting the Lawai Beach Resort and the Beach House Restaurant in the south shore of Kauai, Hawaii. The beach is not visible during high tide but is a popular snorkeling spot during calm water condition.
A reef protects the beach from strong waves and provides snorkelers clear underwater views. The rocky bottom is home to a wide array of fish and marine creatures including butterfly fish, tangs, surgeon fish, wrasses, and puffers. Apart from colorful fishes and corals, Lawai Beach is also popular for turtles and rare Hawaiian monk seals which are frequently spotted here.
Lawai Beach is also great for capturing the sunset and watching experienced surfers ride the offshore break. “Acid Drop,” “PKs” and “Centers” are three popular surf spots in this beach. Read more
Kona Inn Shopping Village is a stylish, classy shopping center located along Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona in the Big Island of Hawaii. The shopping complex sits on an oceanfront property which was the former site of Kona Inn, a hotel built in 1928.
Today, over 50 shops and dining establishments are housed in all the buildings of the former hotel. Stores offer a wide variety of merchandise including apparel, beach wear, jewelry, accessories, children’s apparel, gifts and souvenir items. There are also many options for diners, from coffee shops to island-style eateries. Read more
Hanakapiai Beach is a secluded beach located on the picturesque Na Pali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii. It is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) from the start of the Kalalau Trail, a very popular hiking trail which is located at nearby Kee Beach.
The name Hanakāpī’ai literally means “bay sprinkling food” in Hawaiian, which can be attributed to the fact that the location was formerly a fishing and farming area. Read more
Waipouli Beach is a beautiful beach located in Kapa’a, on the eastern shore of Kauai, Hawaii. It has a long sandy beach fronting the Kauai Sands Hotel, Islander on the Beach and Aston Kauai Beach at Maka’iwa. This beach boast of scenic views but water condition and rocky bottom make it not safe for swimming.
At the southern end of Waipouli Beach is a small cove with rocky outcropping which is a great spot for watching sea turtles. The beach is also a favorite rest spot for Kauai’s monk seals. Read more
Laie Beach Park is a white-sand beach located on the northeastern shore of Oahu in Hawaii. It is also called Pounders Beach due to the powerful beach break that pound its southern end. The beach break, courtesy of a shallow sand bar, offers excellent body surfing and boogie boarding conditions all year round but the waves are usually more consistent and higher in the winter months.
Above the south end of the beach is a limestone cliff called Pali Kiloi’a, which means “fish-spotter cliff” in the Hawaiian language. It is a popular spot for shoreline fishing. Read more