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Posts Tagged ‘Oahu beachcombing’

Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach (Oahu, Hawaii)

Posted by Jody on January 3, 2014

~ An oldie but goodie!

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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.

There are so many free things to do on Waikiki Beach.  That’s darn good news for those hard-earned vacation dollars! Of course, #1 on my list is beachcombing for sea glass!  I’ve been to Waikiki Beach numerous times and have yet to find a handful of whole seashells in…

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The Sunset Tellin

Posted by Jody on November 29, 2012

Oahu Sunset

The Sunset Tellin (Tellina crassiplicata) of Polynesia and the Indo-Pacific is a beautiful, shallow water bivalve. Ranging up to 2 ½ inches in length, the Sunset Tellin has a yellowish tinge and sports pink radiating bands of varying widths on its exterior. Somewhat glossy, this seashell has a lovely texture due to its fine, sharp concentric lines.

Sunset Tellin

Not to be confused with the Sunrise Tellin (Tellina radiata) of the Carribbean Sea, the Sunset Tellin seashell also slopes gently but has a  blunted tip at the rear (see top of photo above). This tellin looks almost like the shell has been “pinched” into a ridge at the posterior end.

Sunset Tellin (interior)

The colorful pink exterior bands show through slightly on the shiny interior of this lovely shell.

An amazing tropical island sunset and the gorgeous Sunset Tellin are only two of the many beauties you can find on the beaches of Hawaii!

~Aloha~

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Beachcombing & Sea Turtles at Hale’iwa Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii

Posted by Jody on October 20, 2011

Hale’iwa Beachcombing, Oahu, Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)

Hale’iwa, about a one hour drive from Honolulu, is the biggest little town on the North Shore of Oahu.  The minute you drive into Hale’iwa, you know you’ve entered serious surfing territory.  Everything, from mail boxes to address signs, is themed with brightly colored surf boards.

The community of Hale’iwa is known as the “Gateway to the North Shore.” After traveling through this artsy, laid-back surf town you’ll cross over the Rainbow Bridge, which spans the Anahulu River.  The Anahulu River has beach parks on both sides of its banks. Hale’iwa Beach Park, located just over the bridge, has a very large grassy area on the shore side of Kamehameha Highway.  The North Shore views from this beach are picture perfect.

Hale’iwa Beach Treasures (©Jody Diehl)

We’ve never seen anyone swimming here, though it isn’t against the rules. The water can be a bit cloudy, and the ocean bottom is quite rocky, and (especially in winter) the surf can be treacherous.  Hale’iwa Beach Park does have a narrow strip of golden sand, and with shore shoes on, it’s an excellent beach for beachcombing.  Here you might find snakehead cowry snail seashells (the most common cowry snail of the Hawaiian Islands), cone snail seashells, pieces of coral, assorted surf-tumbled shell bits and multicolored sea glass jewels. Beachcombing at Hale’iwa Beach Parkwill reward you with a striking combination of colorful beach treasures!

View from Hale’iwa Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)

Hale’iwa Beach Park is also a very good place for green sea turtle spotting. You may want to bring along your binoculars to get a better view of the honu, as they are known in Hawaii. We’ve sighted sea turtles swimming near the shore every time we’ve visited this area of Oahu’s North Shore. It’s been quite exciting each time!

Sea Turtle, Hale’iwa, Oahu, Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)

Please keep in mind that, in Hawaii, the green sea turtle is listed as a threatened species under federal and Hawaii state law. Remember to always observe sea turtles from a distance and never attempt to touch, ride, or feed sea turtles.

Just a note:  You will definitely want to treat yourself  to a world-famous Hawaiian Shave Ice while you’re in Hale’iwa!

EGD’s Hawaiian Shave Ice (©Jody Diehl)

Have a great day at the beach! Aloha!

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Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach (Oahu, Hawaii)

Posted by Jody on October 13, 2011

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)

There are so many free things to do on Waikiki Beach.  That’s darn good news for those hard-earned vacation dollars! Of course, #1 on my list is beachcombing for sea glass!  I’ve been to Waikiki Beach numerous times and have yet to find a handful of whole seashells in any one visit, but colorful, ocean tumbled sea glass is easily found on the sandy shoreline of Waikiki Beach from the breakwater near the Hilton Hawaiian Village to the massive pink historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Another freebie on the beach is held at Kuhio Beach Park. You’ll enjoy the torch-lighting ceremony followed by authentic Hawaiian music and hula performance on the stage under the banyan tree, near the bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku. The Hilton Hawaiian Village hosts a Polynesian stage show on Friday evenings (not free) which is followed by a fireworks show (free) set up near the lagoon. Sunset on the Beach, at Queen’s Beach, is a no-cost outdoor family movie series shown on a 30 foot screen.  Take in a performance of the Royal Hawaiian Band, founded in 1836 by King Kamehameha III.  They perform at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand on Sunday afternoons. Swimming, sunbathing, watching the surfers, enjoying the sunrise, and beachcombing are always fun and always free! And, don’t miss those gorgeous Waikiki Beach sunsets (priceless)!

*Ask your hotel staff for information on free events. Scheduling may change.*

Waikiki Beach Sunset (priceless), Oahu, Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)

You’ll have no problem spending money on Waikiki Beach, if that’s your plan!  You can take surfing lessons, ride in an outrigger canoe, cruise on a catamaran, dine with a view…

My choice? Beachcombing for beautiful Waikiki Beach sea glass!  What a way to spend the day in paradise. Aloha!

What’s your favorite Waikiki Beach pleasure?

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