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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Hit the beach

Advertiser Staff

Kailua Beach Park is just one of O'ahu's family-friendly beaches worth taking in this summer.

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This one's a no-brainer. "We've got some of the best beaches in the world, so beach activities are a natural part of life in Hawai'i," said John Clark, a retired Honolulu firefighter and author of books such as "Hawai'i's Best Beaches" and "Beaches of O'ahu."

Ten of Clark's favorite family-friendly spots on O'ahu:

  • Ala Moana Beach Park.

  • From Here to Eternity Beach, also known as Eternity Beach, Cockroach Bay, Queen's Pond and Halona Cove. The cove is between the Blowhole and an area known as Bamboo Ridge.

  • Kaupo Beach Park, also known as Keiki Pools. It's across the street from Sea Life Park.

  • Kailua Beach Park, pictured.

  • Turtle Bay Resort, which has a designated swimming area open to the public.

  • Waimea Bay Beach Park.

  • The beach area in front of Hale'iwa Jodo Mission, at the west end of Hale'iwa Ali'i Beach Park.

  • Poka'i Bay Beach Park, on the Wai'anae Coast.

  • Ko Olina Resort & Marina, which has four lagoons open to the public.

  • White Plains Beach Park, near Kalaeloa (formerly Barbers Point). "To me, that's one of the best family beaches on the whole island," Clark said. "The reason I like it is it's got everything." This includes showers, restrooms, lifeguards, picnic areas, lots of sea shells for the keiki to collect, good surf conditions and parking, Clark said.