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  • Hawaii Beach Guide and Infographics

    surfer walks beach with surfboard under arm

    What’s your perfect beach experience? Are you an adrenaline junkie looking for the perfect wave? Celebrating love with a memorable sunset?  Seeking calmer shores to build a masterpiece sand sculpture?  Use our Hawaii beach infographics and guide to help you find your perfect beach experience on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island.

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  • Winter Hawaii Beach Guide and Infographics

    couple walking on beach, long shot

    Sun. Sand. The Pacific Ocean. Nothing beats a day at the beach, even during winter. And, boy, do the Hawaiian Islands offer up a selection of beaches.  There are hundreds that dot the coastlines from Hilo to Haena. Some change with the seasons. Each has its own story. Find your perfect season and create your very own beach story with the help of our Hawaii beach guide and infographics!

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  • Summer Hawaii Beach Guide and Infographics

    fisherman casting line into wave on kauai

    Islands and beaches. Some things just go better together. Macadamia nuts and pancakes, for example. Tropical sunrises and Kona coffee. In summer, nothing beats a day at the beach. And, boy, do the Hawaiian Islands offer up a selection of beaches. Practically no two beaches are alike; the best beaches vary by season and reason. Use our Hawaii beach guide and infographics to find your perfect beach experience on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island.

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  • Our Precious Reefs

    Underwater photograph of reef fish courtesty of NOAA

    Pioneering undersea explorer, Dr. Sylvia Earle says that every breath of air we take comes from the sea. The ocean is important, because without it, we would not exist. “There’s plenty of water in the universe without life, but nowhere is there life without water.” And at 97% of the Earth’s water, the ocean is the life-support system for all creatures on our planet. That’s a pretty clear reason why we should care about and for our seas.

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  • Guest Blogger Keryn Means: Redefining Family Travel in Hawaii

    toddler swimming under water by keryn meansThe clear blue water lapped over my feet as I sat in my beach chair just off-shore. The mountains towered behind me and a palm tree lent a little shade. From this vantage, I could see my toddler in his goggles diving under water again and again, smitten by the fish. I watched as my husband threw our little guy into the air and heard his squeals of glee. This was why we had come to Kauai—for uninterrupted family time. As I thought about how much we all were benefiting in this break from the norm, my aunt walked over and plopped down in a chair next to me. She smiled, and her lips said it all. This was paradise, and we were living it together.

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  • Gone to Kalalau: Practicing the Art of Doing Nothing.

    view of kalalau cathedrals and waterfallsKauai is known as The Garden Island. It's quiet. It's casual. It's rural with lots of green spaces between small, one-time plantation towns. And it makes Kalalau seem like Grand Central Station. If Kauai's surf town of Hanalei is too laid-back for you, you won't like Kalalau. Not one bit. Read More
  • Readying to Kayak Napali Coast

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiOne month from today, I will spend five days kayak-camping along Napali Coast. That means, I have 30 days to get in shape. The trek will involve kayaking 17 miles along the majestic Napali Coast, one of Hawaii's most scenic vistas. We will explore sea caves and dip into waterfalls. We will gawk at the line-up of cliffs that gives this coastline its name--Napali translates to English as "the cliffs." One month from today, I will spend five days kayak-camping along Napali Coast, and that means, I have 30 days to get in shape.

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  • Why I Don't Write Best Beach Lists

    molokai beach at sunsetTo help you create the perfect beach experience, we’ve created an infographic for four of Hawaii’s islands—Oahu; Maui; Hawaii, the Big Island; and—below—Kauai. Read More
  • Hana Needs a Home for the Holidays

    hana the dogI wasn’t sure about going to the beach with Hana. Not everyone likes the ocean with its moving water. Some prefer a calmer surface. That’s why I chose Kalapaki on Kauai’s southeast shore. Kalapaki is a white-sand beach practically smack in the middle of Lihue. It’s a quarter-mile long with an easy, wide beach tucked behind a protective finger of land, which was once owned by Princess Ruth Ke’elikolani. Read More
  • How Cleaning Hawaii's Beaches Saves Marine Life & Generates Electricity

    cutting nets at schnitzer steel as part of nets to energy programA whole container of ghost nets is now making its way to Oahu, thanks to the generosity of Matson Shipping. Schnitzer Steel will take delivery and a pair of giant scissors will be cut up the tangled nets into foot-long pieces. The bits and pieces of nets will, then, be trucked to the H-Power facility, where it will be converted into electricity for residents on Oahu. Bravo to Surfrider, Malama Na Apala and the many volunteers who have made this possible. Our endangered Hawaiian monk seals, humpback whales and sea turtles are a whole lot safer. And beaches are a whole lot cleaner.

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