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Most Scenic:

1. Kaihalulu Beach. The spectacular contrast of coarse red sand, jagged black lava rock, and clear azure water found at this hidden beach is unmatched in Hawaii.
Facilities: No facilities
Get there: in Hana town, at end of Uakea Rd., past baseball field. Walk through grass lot to trail below cemetery.

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2. Hookipa Beach. Wave after glorious wave breaks at this birthplace of windsurfing and kitesurfing. When the surf is pumping, watch the acrobatic maneuvers of expert watermen and women from the cliff-top vantage point.
Facilities: Toilets, showers, picnic tables, BBQ, paved parking
Get there: On Hana Hwy., 2 mi east of Paia.

3. Hamoa Beach. This Pacific fantasy of palm trees, offshore islets, and salt-and-pepper sand exudes relaxation.
Facilities: Toilets, showers, picnic tables, parking on street.
Get there: On Haneoo Loop Rd., 2 miles east of Hana town, 1/2 mile past Koki Beach.

Best for Waterbabies:

1. Baldwin Beach. The shallow, protected pool at the west end of this golden sand beach is locally known as “baby beach.”
Facilities: Lifeguard, toilets, showers, picnic tables, BBQ, limited paved parking.
Get there: On Hana Hwy., 1 mile west of Paia.

2. Kamaole III Beach Park. Kam III’s wide, gentle waves are perfect for beginning boogie boarders.
Facilities: Lifeguard, toilets, showers, playground, picnic tables, BBQ, paved parking.
Get there: On South Kihei Rd.

3. Napili Bay. Small Napili Bay is bathtub-calm and filled with sleepy turtles. Walk through nearby Napili Kai to play with coconut checkers on a giant checkerboard!
Facilities: Showers, paved parking
Get there: 5900 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy., look for Napili Pl. or Hui Dr.

Best Snorkeling:

1. Honolua-Mokuleia. Concrete steps lead down the sheer cliff to salt-and-pepper sand of the island’s northernmost beach, Mokuleia—a marine preserve, along with neighboring Honolua Bay. Large fish and coral are abundant; visibility can top 80 feet.
Facilities: No facilities
Get there: Mile marker 32 on Honoapiilani Hwy., past Kapalua.

2. Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach. This popular golden sand beach offers easy entry to a fish-filled reef. Watch for the exciting performance of cliff-divers.
Facilities: Toilets and showers at hotels, paved parking
Get there: Follow any of 3 Kaanapali exits from Honoapiilani Hwy. Park at any hotel.

3. Maluaka Beach. Explore sea arches and underwater caves alongside curious sea turtles at this lovely white sand beach. Facilities: Toilets, showers, paved parking, picnic tables, BBQ
Get there: Off of Makena Alanui Rd.

Shannon Wianecki investigates the often-contentious territory dividing her two passions: sustainability and luxury travel. Her articles on food, travel, social dilemmas, and the environment have been published in magazines throughout the US and Australia. As Food Editor for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, she takes the pulse of the Pacific dining scene in "Gossip Gourmet." She's the author of several travel books, most recently Fodors Maui 2007. Read her work at www.shannonwianecki.com.

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