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Mystery Beach (La’ie Beach), Oahu, Hawai’i

Posted by alainaflute on January 27, 2012

Polynesian Cultural Center (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

On a trip to Oahu to visit my sister, she and I traveled by bus to the Polynesian Cultural Center (Hawaii’s #1 paid attraction). The bus route took the highway that looped up the east side of the island, so we caught glimpses of Oahu’s beautiful windward coastline as we went.

After enjoying a day of rushing around to discover what each Polynesian culture had to offer, we had a bit of extra time before the evening show. We decided to hit the beach. We didn’t know where the beach was, we just knew there had to be one! We walked south from the Center, past houses and coconut trees (there wasn’t much of a defined sidewalk), and came across a beautiful beach as the sun was starting to set.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a couple:

La'ie Beach, Oahu, Hawaii (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

La'ie Beach, Oahu, Hawaii (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

This beach wasn’t signed, but the map tells me that we were at La’ie Beach Park (aka Pounders Beach because of the surf). We walked up and down the sand a bit, not finding much to pick up. There were little crabs, bunches of colorful washed-up sea plants, and large nuts. We didn’t see these nuts hanging on trees over the beach, so they set our imaginations running wild. Could they have come all the way across the sea from China? It’s possible! Would they make it home through customs? Maaaybe not.

We took away only pictures and fond memories of our special beach find.

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2 Responses to “Mystery Beach (La’ie Beach), Oahu, Hawai’i”

  1. Aloha Alaina, how wonderful to have experienced the windward coast of O’ahu. It has some of the most colorful sands ranging from snow white to a light gray. It was always these beaches that i enjoyed looking at as we would make the drive to Honolulu for school shopping etc. My favorite pastime as a child was to hunt for “glass balls”. These were the floaters from the Japanese fishing nets which if we were lucky, would find on our sand beaches. Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll find one on your next visit. Aloha!

    • Thanks, Walter! Yes, it was a very special trip. This is the beach where it truly hit me that I was looking out on a great, big, nearly endless ocean. There were large nuts (sea beans?) on the beach that really caught my fancy. Did they swim all the way from China? ;)

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