Sunday, May 17, 2009

The scorching sands (pun intended) of Oahu's Eternity Beach

Pressurized white ocean foam bursts from an opening in the lava reef at the Halona Blowhole, a scenic overlook on the southeast tip of Oahu.

Walk to the other end of this popular parking lot to look down on Eternity Beach, where movie stars Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, perhaps inspired by the ocean's activity, staged their iconic love scene in the 1953 Best-Picture-winning "From Here to Eternity." A short walk gets you down to the torrid sand. Kerr, Lancaster, and the great Montgomery Clift (move over James Dean) were nominated for acting Oscars, but cast-mates Frank Sinatra and pre-TV-mommy Donna Reed were the ones to win, in a supporting role. The blowhole is also the grandstand to see whales in the winter and the islands of Maui, Lana, and Molokai, on clear days.