One of the most sensational beaches in Hawaii, Papohaku is a 3-mile-long strip of light golden sand, the longest of its kind on the island. There's so much sand here that Honolulu once purchased barge loads of the stuff to replenish Waikiki Beach. A shady beach park just inland is the site of the Ka Hula Piko Festival, held each year in May. The park is also a great sunset-facing spot for a rustic afternoon barbecue. A park ranger patrols the area periodically. Swimming is not recommended, as there's a dangerous undertow except on exceptionally calm summer days. Amenities: showers; toilets. Best for: sunset; walking.
Kaluakoi Rd., 2 miles south of the former Kaluakoi Hotel, Maunaloa, Hawaii, 96770, United States