Posted by Jody on January 3, 2014
Originally posted on Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches:
What will you find on Waikiki Beach? Surfers, sunsets and sea glass!
World famous Waikiki Beach, once the favored playground of Hawaiian royalty, is one of my all-time favorite beaches for its scenery and sea glass collecting. Waikiki Beach’s beautiful, clean white sands stretch for nearly two miles from the Hilton Hawaiian Village to the iconic Diamond Head crater. The entire sandy strand has smaller named stretches of beach. Beginning near the Hilton Lagoon (a very tame place for a family swim) they are: Kahanamoku Beach, Fort DeRussy Beach, Gray’s Beach, Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach Center, and Queens Beach.
Waikiki Sea Glass, Oahu Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)
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Posted by Jody on August 27, 2013
The most famous, and arguably the most dangerous, surf site in all of Hawaii is the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. The world-renowned Banzai Pipeline is just west of ‘Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea. We never did happen upon any sign announcing the Banzai Pipeline or ‘Ehukai Beach Park (the public access point to the celebrated surf site). What we did come across were lots of cars parked along the road and packed into the parking lot of what seemed to be an unsigned beach, across from Sunset Beach Elementary School, off of Kamehameha Highway, on the North Shore of Oahu. That’s exactly where our friendly lunchtime server at Hale’iwa Eats Thai told us we would find what the locals call “Pipeline Beach”. As confusing as all that sounds… the celebrated Banzai Pipeline with its epic waves is an absolute must-see if you are on Oahu!
‘Ehukai Beach Park, aka: Pipeline Beach with Banzai Pipeline to the left
You probably won’t want to head out into the water in the winter unless you are an expert surfer. That’s the time of the Banzai Pipeline’s most towering wave heights (up to 20+ feet). Swimming is hazardous in the fall and winter months, so feel free to scope out the perfect place to spread out your beach towel, settle in, and enjoy the thrilling spectacle that is the Banzai Pipeline.
The spring and summer boast a wider, gentler sand beach at ‘Ehukai Beach Park, and then the crystal blue water is often just right for swimming.
Any time of year is perfect for beachcombing on the sandy shore of “Pipeline Beach”. You may find a few treasured shells and beach glass, but the real beach treasure here is snail opercula. An operculum (meaning “little lid”) is the structure that serves as a little trap door, closing off the opening of a snail’s shell. These little mineralized pieces are similar to smoothly polished small buttons. Like mini, ivory-colored worry stones!
~In the Hawaiian language, “puka” means hole, opening, or door. I’m guessing that a case can be made that there are a few “puka” shells in the mix, too!
Opercula found on Pipeline Beach
If you are staying on Waikiki Beach you can easily hop on The Bus and enjoy the ride to the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore. It’s certainly not quicker than renting a car, but it’s way cheaper and a great way to see the beautiful Island of Oahu while you sit back, relax, and let someone else do the driving.
See you at the Banzai Pipeline! Aloha!
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Posted by E.G.D. on March 1, 2013
Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Walter Wong:
On La’ie Bay (Photo by Walter Wong)
Aloha from the Islands of Hawaii. As a son of a Fisherman, I grew up swimming along with my father as he would spear fish for family meals. It was a very special place I felt as “La’ie Bay”, located on the Northeastern tip of the island of O’ahu, contained several islands which if assembled, would depict a giant Lizard or Mo’o as we say in Hawaiian.
My two sons and a Mo’o head (photo by Walter Wong)
The picture of my two sons shows the head of the giant Mo’o in the back ground with the hole representing the eye. It was special to share this with my sons as we live on the Big Island of Hawaii. All they could ask was “are there sharks Dad?”. Soon, it will be time for me to give them the knowledge of swimming to the different islands of the Mo’o so they will know where and how to care for their families when the time comes. In the mean time, I will watch and observe the ocean for the right conditions, and their journey will begin. Aloha!
About the Author: Walter Wong is a Native Hawaiian who grew up in Laie, Oahu, Hawaii, now residing on the Big Island of Hawaii. He is the father of 8 children and the Owner of HawaiianUp. He enjoys sharing stories about Hawaii and helping people to make their own memories.
For more of our posts about the island of Oahu, please visit:
The End of the Road, Oahu, Hawaii
Iconic Chinaman’s Hat, Windward Oahu
Snorkeling, Sunbathing, Swimming and… Homework? Hanauma Bay!
Mystery Beach (La’ie Beach), Oahu, Hawai’i
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon (aka: The Hilton Lagoon), Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Beachcombing & Sea Turtles at Hale’iwa Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach (Oahu, Hawaii)
And many more! -E.G.D.
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Posted by Jody on January 31, 2013
Yaquina Bay, Oregon Coast
Will you be heading to the beaches of North America’s West Coast this year? Beachcombing is one of the greatest pleasures for seashore enthusiasts, and the West Coast is well known for delighting us with a bounty of beautiful beach treasures! From driftwood to Giant Rock Scallops and sand dollars to polished agates, Mother Nature uses time, tides, and currents to provide us with the most fascinating finds.
Beachcombers in Hawaii, and from California to Alaska, might also expect to find an increased amount of ocean debris washed onto beaches over the next few years. According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), due to the massive 9.0 Japanese earthquake and devastating tsunami of March, 2011, tsunami caused marine debris is already arriving on our Pacific shores. (Check out NOAA’s Tsunami Debris Sighting map.)
NOAA is leading efforts with federal, state, and local partners to collect data, assess the debris, and reduce possible impacts to our natural resources and coastal communities.
There is no reason to avoid beaches. Radiation experts believe it is highly unlikely any debris is radioactive, and the debris is not in a mass. Beachgoers may notice an increase in debris near-shore or on the coast, adding to the marine debris that washes up every day. The public should continue to visit and enjoy our coasts—and help keep them clean.
Tsunami Debris Watch sign posted at Yaquina Bay, Oregon
Ocean Conservancy has a wonderful website which includes an abundance of interesting and informative topics having to do with the expected arrival of tsunami debris. Subjects include:
Get straight answers to the facts and myths of tsunami debris and what we can do to help.
How can you tell tsunami debris from regular ocean trash? Our scientist has the answers.
Learn about the most common items that have been washing onto beaches in large numbers.
We always try to encourage our fellow beachcombers and shore dreamers to “know before you go!”
Tsunami Debris: Find it. Bag it. Leave it. Now we know!
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Posted by Jody on January 29, 2013
Elisa’s great big smile!
On this bright and sunny day Elisa and I were relaxing at Fort DeRussy Beach Park which is located on a lovely, relatively uncrowded stretch of Waikiki Beach (Oahu, Hawaii). Fort DeRussy Beach Park is a public, grassy area with plenty of shaded picnic tables. It was a great spot to set a spell and thoroughly enjoy our fresh & delicious pineapple fruit boats along with amazing views of the wide sandy beach and sparkling Pacific Ocean. ~Smiles all around!~
One of the must-haves for every member of our family on any beach trip is a big floppy sun hat (for the guys: this translates to a manly wide brimmed hat). Elisa always seems to do this best!!
What is a must-have on your list for a fun day at the beach?
√ sun block____________
√ big floppy sun hat__
A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Smile
Related Waikiki Beach posts: The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, aka: The Hilton Lagoon, Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach
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Posted by Jody on January 9, 2013
Morning in Paradise, Waikiki Beach
Many folks who visit the Hawaiian island of Oahu just can’t wait to see the much ballyhooed Waikiki sunsets. And, yes, Waikiki’s sunsets really are worth the wait. But we morning people get to begin the day in paradise with another one of Mother Nature’s most unique and beautiful spectacles: the sunrise over Diamondhead. Sunrises on Waikiki Beach come with the extra bonus of having a peaceful, uncrowded shoreline almost entirely to yourself.
Set your alarm. You won’t want to miss this!
A Word a Week Photo Challenge – Cloud
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Posted by Jody on January 7, 2013
The North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
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Posted by Jody on December 31, 2012
OK, maybe it doesn’t come close to the Sydney New Year’s US$6.9 million fireworks extravaganza from the steel arch Habour Bridge, and it has nothing near the glitz of the First Night celebration with the well known Zambelli Fireworks spectacular over Boston Harbor, but it is a room with a great view and a fireworks show!
So, Happy New Year with all the glitter and glow from Waikiki Beach’s man made Hilton Lagoon (aka: Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon)! The ocean beach next to the lagoon, Duke Kahanamoku Beach, has been named the #2 beach in America for 2012 by the well-respected “Dr. Beach.” This is where world famous Waikiki Beach begins.
The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon is the setting of a free fireworks display, hosted by the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, which takes place every Friday evening. It’s one fine show!
A Room with a View, Honolulu, Hawaii
Hilton Lagoon, Waikiki Beach
View of the Hilton Lagoon Fireworks, Waikiki
View of the Hilton Lagoon Fireworks, Waikiki Beach
The Hilton Lagoon has always been one of our favorite sandy spots on Waikiki. This family friendly, kid pleasing swimming and recreation center boasts five full acres of splashable fun that is open to Hilton Hawaiian Village guests and the general public, alike. It’s also the spot where you can catch a parade of brides and grooms posing for dazzling and dramatic wedding photos, with sun-drenched Waikiki Beach and iconic Diamond Head as their backdrop. This is the perfect place to catch those amazing Hawaiian sunrises, too!
By the way, do you recognize this unique building? It’s the Ilikai, where Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord), the head of a special state police task force, is standing in the opening credits for the original Hawaii 5-O. “Book ‘em, Danno.”
Here are a couple helpful links: Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach (includes family friendly freebies near Waikiki Beach)
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, aka: The Hilton Lagoon
Aloha and Beat Wishes for 2013!
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Posted by E.G.D. on December 3, 2012
A Cast Party at Magic Island with Ala Moana Beach in the Background (Photo by Jody Diehl)
Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, someone started building a resort adjacent to Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu, Hawaii. The company got as far as making a man-made peninsula aaaaaaaaaaaaaand…. stopped. Rumor has it, they ran out of money. Anyhow, the resort was going to be called “Magic Island,” and when the new peninsula became property of the city, the name stuck and it became a really spiffy park right next to the beach. Now, once upon a time long after that, I lived in Honolulu while working on a terminal degree in theatre performance, and Magic Island became significant in my life as a prime location for extremely low-budget cast parties (for you non-theatre types out there, a cast party is a party that happens just after the closing performance of a play, and is not limited to the cast, but usually includes the entire design and technical crews of a given production, plus guests). Suffice it to say, you can’t do any better for a location than “free and on the beach,” unless perhaps it’s “free and on the beach, and nicely landscaped, and attached to a safe swimming hole blocked off from the ocean with boulders, and featuring picnic tables in the shade of gigantic and beautiful trees.” Magic island is definitely a winner! As with Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island is generally a hangout for locals, and unless it happens to be a major holiday (like Christmas, for example) it is not usually crowded.
View from Magic Island (Photo by Jody Diehl)
I do not believe I have ever been to Magic Island and not easily found a free, shaded picnic table… except for on Christmas. Seriously, if you want a prime location that close to Ala Moana Beach on Christmas, you probably have to show up at six in the morning. Otherwise, though, whether you are a local or a visitor, Magic Island is a great place for a picnic, and if you don’t feel like making your own, it’s right across the street from Ward Center (a mall catering primarily to locals) where you’ll have your choice of any number of different, quite excellent places to pick up take-out. After lunch and a swim in the swimming area, I highly recommend a walk on Ala Moana Beach, which can be a good place to find shells and chunks of coral at low-tide, especially after a storm. What more can you ask for?
View from Magic Island (Photo by Jody Diehl)
That, my friends, is the magic of Magic Island… which is neither magical nor an island in any literal sense. Next time you’re in Honolulu, go ahead and drop by. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed- E.G.D.
Grandma, E.G.D., and Jody on Magic Island, Honolulu (Photo probably by Jackie Okimoto or Steph Pak)
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