Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Breaks Big on Oahu

At Ehukai Beach Park (Pipeline) on the North Shore, 10- to 12-foot waves were breaking over the reef, giving an opportunity for surfers and bodyboarders to take a ride through the world-famous barrel. Not everybody makes it, and Pipeline is known to break boards, if not the spirits of the surfers. The waves are close to a shoreline of sloping sand, some of it shaded by palms and kamani trees, the perfect grandstand for the legions of spectators—with spring-break students mixing in with locals.

At Waikiki, finding a spot to put down a beach towel is an issue at midday, as revelers wander down to rest up from nightlife that is wacky-wacky. Several nightclubs stay open to 4 a.m., and finding sliders with $2 beers is not a problem after midnight. Most of the daytime action is dead center in Waikiki, at Kuhio Beach Park, and spreading toward the sands in back of the Royal Hawaiian. Beachgoers looking for relative privacy can drift the other way, towards Diamond Head and Kapiolani Park. A huge grassy expanse is dotted with leafy trees—the backshore for Queen's Beach and Sans Souci Beach. Oahu Trailblazer has a detailed walking tour of Waikiki.