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Top 5 favorite Hawaii places to watch a sunset

Ko Olina Resort, Oahu, sunset. Photo by James Wu.

Hanalei Bay and Haena State Park on Kauai. Wailea and Makena Beach on Maui. Anaehoomalu Bay on the Big Island. Ko Olina Resort on Oahu.

These are the universally-agreed-upon sweet spots that DIDN'T make the final five cut of our readers’ Favorite Hawaii Places to Watch a Sunset list for 2014.

Earlier this month, we again asked our HAWAII Magazine Facebook reader ohana the poll question: “What’s your favorite Hawaii place to watch a sunset?” Hundreds of you voted. We tallied all the votes.

So if the very excellent sunset-catching spots above didn’t make this year’s Top 5 list, which ones did? And which sunset spots moved up or down from last year’s list? Read on!

And if you’d like to join in on our next HAWAII Magazine Facebook Ohana Poll and vote along with our 75,000-reader-strong Facebook family, go to the HAWAII Magazine Facebook page and “like” us. In return you’ll be able to share your answers in all of our future “Hawaii favorite” poll questions as soon as we post them, know the results of the poll when all of the votes are counted, and get all of our daily HawaiiMagazine.com photos and features.

We’ll be posting our next Ohana Poll question on HAWAII Magazine’s Facebook page in the weeks ahead, so “like” us now if you haven’t yet.

Until then, here’s this year’s Top 5 countdown of our Facebook ohana’s favorite Hawaii places to watch a sunset.

Photo by Talena Webb

Poipu, Kauai

(Last year: #5, tied with North Shore Oahu)

The most popular beach on Kauai’s sunny south shore is Poipu Beach. Before enjoying the sunset here, many visitors enjoy snorkeling in the gentle waters near the beach, which winds for about one mile in a series of crescent shapes. The area’s abundant marine life, which has changed little since early Hawaiians fished these waters. In addition to swirling schools of tropical fish, eels, sea urchins and the occasional sunbathing honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), rare Hawaiian monk seals are often spotted here swimming or lounging in the sand.

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