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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
One of Hawaii's finest white-sand beaches, Hapuna is a half-mi-long stretch of perfect white sand. The turquoise water is calm in summer with just enough rolling waves to make bodysurfing and body boarding fun. Watch for the undertow; in winter the water can be rough. There is some excellent snorkeling around the jagged rocks that border the beach on either side, but watch for strong currents when the surf is high. Come here for awesome sunsets—it's one of the best places on the island to see the "green flash" as the sun dips below the horizon. The north end of the beach fronts the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. You can rent water-sports equipment here, or stop by the food concession and have lunch at the shaded picnic tables. There is ample parking, although the lot can fill up by midday, and the beach can be crowded on holidays. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking (no fee); showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: sunset; swimming; surfing; walking.