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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, May 23, 2003

Ka'anapali selected as nation's best beach

By Jan TenBruggencate
Advertiser Science Writer

Maui's Ka'anapali beach was named best in the nation by coastal expert Stephen Leatherman in his annual survey.

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1. Ka'anapali
2. Fort De Soto Park, Fla.
3. Ocracoke Island, N.C.
4. Hanalei Bay
5. Caladesi Island State Park, Fla.
6. Main Beach, E. Hampton, N.Y.
7. Makalawena Beach
8. Hanauma Bay
9. Cape Florida State Park, Fla.
10. Cape Hatteras, N.C.
Having a resort as its backdrop didn't stop Dr. Beach from choosing Ka'anapali as the best beach in the nation, the ninth time a Hawai'i strand has won that honor.

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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When Dr. Beach, a meteorologist and professor at Florida International University in Miami, selects a shoreline as his favorite for the year, it's taken out of the running permanently, but Hawai'i does not appear to be running short. Three other Hawaiian beaches made it into Leatherman's top 10 this year: Hanalei on Kaua'i, Makalawena on Hawai'i and Hanauma on O'ahu.

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.

On the Web: www.drbeach.org