Monday, April 20, 2009

Oahu's jewel - Lanikai

Now remember, the next time you see an ad with leggy babes in a tropical setting selling fruity cosmetic products or island-style swimwear, you are probably viewing the powder-fine sands and aquamarine waters of Lanakai Beach, which fronts a kind-of trendy beach encleave on Oahu's Windward Coast.

The sure-tell for Lanikai are the little islands near shore which are called Moku Nui and Moku Iki (pictured here). Lanakai's thin strip of coveted sand extends to Kailua Beach Park, which has it its own bragging rights. A rolling lawn planted with huge trees leads to some excellent kayaking and snorkeling—the most popular being the flipper out to Flat Island. See page 109 of Oahu Trailblazer.