Posted on: Friday, May 23, 2003
Ka'anapali selected as nation's best beach
By Jan TenBruggencate
Advertiser Science Writer
Dr. Beach, coastal expert Stephen Leatherman, chose Po'ipu Beach on Kaua'i two years ago, and like Po'ipu, Maui's Ka'anapali is a resort beach. Leatherman doesn't mind some hotels, as long as the beach itself isn't too crowded by them.
Folks at the Ka'anapali hotels said they're pleased, but not surprised at the designation.
"The connectivity down from Black Rock all the way to Canoe Beach, soft sand, a wide beach, both tranquil water for snorkeling and surf for surfing and boogie boarding we think that it's one of the great beaches," said Barry Lewin, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, which anchors the southern end of the beach.
| Hanauma Bay was No. 8 in this year's best-beach list by coastal expert Stephen Leatherman. Four Hawai'i beaches made the top 10.
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Previous Hawai'i winners were Po'ipu in 2001, Mauna Kea Beach in 2000, Wailea in 1999, Kailua Beach in 1998, Hulopo'e in 1997, Lanikai in 1996, Hapuna in 1993 and Kapalua in 1991.
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