Top Five beaches in the Islands: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll resultsby: Maureen O'Connell
posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 09:29 PM
We’ve counted the votes from our latest HAWAII Magazine Facebook ohana poll question: We’ve got many miles of incredibly beautiful shoreline. Which Hawaii beach is your favorite? The top five vote-getters are on the pages ahead.
Our in-the-know ohana weighed in with votes for a total of more than 50 different beaches ranging from Oahu’s world-famous shorelines — Sunset Beach on the island’s North Shore to Waikiki Beach on the South Shore — to Papohaku Beach, a three-mile stretch of white sand along Molokai’s little-visited west coast.
Reasoning behind the picks varied, of course. Voters noted selections based on everything from easy access to great waves for body-boarding and ample people-watching opportunities to wedding-party memories and simple solitude in the sand and surf. Mahalo for the poll picks!
If you’re not already a part of our ohana, you’re cordially invited to take part in on our next poll. Just click here then press the “like” button at the top of our Facebook page. You’ll then become part of our HAWAII Magazine Facebook ohana and get our “Hawaii favorite” poll questions as soon as we post them. You'll also get instant updates on your Facebook wall when we post our daily HawaiiMagazine.com stories and features.
We’ll be posting our next ohana Poll question on HAWAII Magazine’s Facebook page in the days ahead. OK, here we go. Here’s the top five countdown of our Facebook ohana’s favorite Hawaii beaches.
WAIMEA BAY, OAHU
Waimea Bay is a go-to place to see jaw-dropping big winter waves rolling into Oahu’s North Shore beaches. The bay is home to the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surf competition — the world’s longest-running and most prestigious big-wave invitational. The one-day competition is held only when wave heights consistently exceed a minimum 20-foot threshold. It has been staged eight times since it was launched 27 years ago. During summertime, the waves subside and the bay is a popular area for swimming. There’s also rock outcropping (pictured, at top of page) that attracts a steady trickle of jumpers. (As you might guess, taking that plunge can be dangerous and is not advised.)
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