beaches 

Kailua Beach Park, Oahu

With a half mile of soft white sand, turquoise water and gentle breezes, Kailua Beach Park located on the Windward Coast is a local favorite. A hub for water sports, Kailua Beach welcomes visitors and locals to windsurf, body board, kayak and parasail. Conveniently, kayak rentals, dive shops and beachwear boutiques are located nearby the beach. Kailua Beach’s proximity to several small islands makes it an ideal place for adventuring and kayaking. Closest to the shore is barren Flat Island, and far off to the east are the Mokulua Islands,…

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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

Situated in a “beautiful location” fronting the beach and surrounded by gardens and lagoons, this low-rise Keoneloa Bay resort has an open-air design reminiscent of Hawaii in the 1920s and ’30s. “It’s heaven on earth.” R Rooms have white-marble–tiled entryways and rain showers, and terraces are furnished in mahogany with traditional Hawaiian-print linens. Dine on pan-Asian at Yum Cha, or surf and turf at Tidepools, which was built to resemble huts floating in a lagoon. Anara Spa offers treatments in open-air bungalows. “The staff make you feel so welcome.” Pools…

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Ko‘a Kea Resort Kauai

You might assume that the first luxury small property to open on Kauai in 30 years would have made a splashy debut, but the beachfront Ko‘a Kea (built on the site of the old Poipu Beach Hotel) slipped onto the scene with barely a ripple. Maybe it’s the size: With just 121 rooms—all with balconies or lanais and within earshot of the waves—the resort is considerably smaller than its brand-name neighbors on the sunny south coast. Eschewing waterslides and swim-up bars, Ko‘a Kea has more sedate pleasures: an unadorned swimming…

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Four Seasons Resort Lāna‛i: Grand Opening

  Four Seasons Resort Lāna‛i, on a 90,000 acre secluded island just nine miles from Maui, is now celebrating its grand opening. In a Hawaiian blessing ceremony, Lawrence J. Ellison, owner, Four Seasons Resorts Lāna‛i and Isadore Sharp, Founder and Chairman, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts were joined by Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, local dignitaries, community members and employees to untie the sacred, mana-filled lei and officially open the Resort. “We are delighted to share a unique destination experience with rich culture, diverse landscapes and limitless options for relaxation and…

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beaches 

Waikiki Beach is disappearing

One of Hawaii’s most iconic beaches, Waikiki Beach is facing erosion issues due to its nature as an engineered beach filled with imported sand. It’s not a new problem since Waikiki Beach has been dealing with erosion for years. To provide a solution that will preserve the beach, Hawaiian lawmakers are pushing for the implementation of a bill. The original bill stipulates that $1.5 million will be allocated to fill a part completely eroded with sand over time. A path will also be designed along the shoreline for pedestrians and…

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