Tuesday, April 14, 2009

An afternoon at La'aloa Beach

On typical winter days in Kailua-Kona, swimmers avoid La'aloa Beach Park since its shores are nothing but boulders and exposed lava reef. That's because big winter surf usually scours the shoreline and lifts all that fine sand out to sea, where it waits patiently for summer calm to float back in grain by grain to create a soft bed for human feet. The park's other names tell the story: White Sands Beach Park, Magic Sands, and Disappearing Sands. Snorkeling and bodysurfing are the main draw, though many fish-viewers head down the coast a mile or so to Kahalu'u Beach Park, where an offshore reef protects a huge coral garden and pool.