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Waialea beach is one of the more popular white sand beaches on the big island,  especially during the summer months because of the sun, shade and good snorkeling. Waialea beach is also known as “69 beach” because of the number 69 utility pole close to the parking area of this beach.

Waialea beach fronts a small residential area. The white sand of Waialea beach erodes during the winter due to strong surf, but is pristine during the summer. There is plenty of tree cover providing shade and privacy.

In the bay itself you can find a rich diversity of marine life, which makes it a popular site for snorkel and scuba activities. The best reefs can be found on the southern side of the bay, but there is also plenty of coral to be found around the rocky prominence inside the bay. Humpback whales are often seen outside the bay during winter months.

There is no life guard on duty, but there are showers and restrooms.

Ala KahaKai Trail

There is also a moderate difficulty hiking trail crossing Waialea beach that follows the coastline over ancient fishermen`s trails and Hawaiian Kingdom roads. The Ala Kahakai trail provides access to some of the most pristine shoreline remaining in Hawaii, as well as numerous anachialine ponds.

This trail forms a 15.4 mile loop along the coastline, and Waialea beach is about halfway the loop.

Directions to Waialea Beach

The easiest way to reach Waialea beach from Kona is to take highway 19 north about 23 miles past the Waikoloa resorts, and to turn to the left on the next exit of the highway, onto Puako Beach Drive. You have gone too far if you see the exit to Hapuna Beach.

Once you are on the Puako beach drive, take the first right onto the Old puako road and watch the numbers on the telephone poles. Turn left between poles 69 and 70 (about half a mile). Payed parking is available near the beach.

Information in this blog provided by Love Big Island.

Diamond head

 

The iconic silhouette of Diamond Head State Monument sits along the Honolulu skyline just beyond Waikiki. This 760-foot tuff crater is one of Hawaii’s most famous landmarks.

Known as Leahi (brow of the tuna) in Hawaiian, the crater was named Diamond Head by 19th century British sailors who thought they discovered diamonds on the crater’s slopes. These “diamonds” were actually shiny calcite crystals that had no value.

Formed more than 100,000 years ago, the crater was used as a strategic military lookout beginning in the early 1900’s and was named a National Natural Landmark in 1968. Today, Diamond Head is a popular hiking destination with panoramic views of Waikiki and Oahu’s south shore.

It only takes a short drive or bus ride to get to Diamond Head Crater from Waikiki. This moderately challenging trail includes two sets of stairs, totaling 175 steps, as well as dark, underground tunnels and old military bunkers that require a flashlight. The stunning views that greet you at the top of Diamond Head are well worth the effort.

If you plan to hike on Saturday morning, don’t forget to stop by the Kapiolani Community College Farmer’s Market — Oahu’s premier farmers market showcasing locally grown food and produce — across the street from the monument entrance on Monsarrat Avenue. In fact, there are a few notable cafes and restaurants lining Monsarrat that will make for a great pre or post Diamond Head meal.

Cost is $1 for walk in’s and $5 per car.

GoHawaii.com provided information for this blog

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The experience of planting a Koa Legacy Tree is a must for any visitor to the island of Hawaii!

Experience the birth of a Hawaiian forest and plant your very own Koa Legacy Tree.

Located on the slopes of Mauna Kea,  this historic site was once the personal koa forest of King Kamehameha the Great- 1st King of Hawaii. Sadly, this land was cleared nearly a century ago to make room for farming and ranching. Fortunately, some of the old growth koa trees still reside on the property. These rare trees grow nowhere else on Earth and are being utilized as a seed source for all Legacy Trees to bring the forest back to its former glory. Be a part of Hawaii’s history and create the memory of a lifetime.

Tree plantings can take place as dedications, memorials, or just as a way to have a deeply authentic and meaningful experience with the native plants and animals of Hawaii.

Once planted you will receive a certificate detailing your tree’s unique RFID number and GPS coordinates, allowing you to revisit your tree at any time via Google Earth.

HLH believes that educating our young people about reforestation is one of the most important duties we have. We offer financial grant assistance to offset a portion of admission costs for any educational institution wanting their students to learn about ​our program and the native species our islands are home to.

Please call 1-877-707-TREE to schedule your field trip and tour reservations. The Welcome Center opens 15 mins prior to the tour departures.

Information for this post taken from Hawaiian Legacy Tours website @ www.hawaiianlegacytours.com

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