|In a survey of 100 HPU students, Sandy Beach topped the list
as the best beach to visit O‘ahu.
Sandys,” as it is called locally, is known for its heavy
shorebreak and dangerous waves. To first time visitors,and even
experienced beachgoers, the strong currents can be intimidating.
Located on the south east coast of O‘ahu between Koko Head
and Makapu‘u, this sandy shore stands out as it is surrounded
by lava to the left and right.
I enjoy going to Sandy Beach because I don’t like rocky
beaches that will scratch my skin,” said HPU student Jermel
I like to bodyboard on the soft sands of Sandys. It keeps me
from getting cut,” she added.
It’s not a place where you just lay around,” said
journalism senior Luke Massirio. “I like going there because
the waves are powerful and its fun.”
Sandys is not just a place to bodyboard. To the left of the sandy
area is a surf spot. Surfers can ride incoming waves over the
shallow reef until they reach the area body boarders normally
The question in the survey was, “What is your favorite
beach to go to on O‘ahu?” Sandys topped the list
with 23 votes, Ala Moana and Makapu‘u were very close with
20 and 18 votes, respectively. Waikiki received 14 votes, and
seven people voted for Sherwoods.
Number two on the list was Ala Moana, the closest beach to HPU’s
Ala Moana Beach is a great place to lie out and relax,” said
freshman business major Megan Amistoso.
It is a great place for sun tanning, swimming, and family picnics.”
Popular surf spots at Ala Moana include Bowls, Rock Piles, and
Kewalos. Bowls and Rock Piles are located to the left of Magic
Island and Kewalos is to the right side of Ala Moana
I think Kewalos and Bowls are great places to go out and surf,” said
Christina Failma, a junior advertising major.
The next favorite HPU beach is north of Sandys and is located
directly across the street from Sea Life Park and the Oceanic
Institute. It has one of the best scenic views on the island.
Makapu‘u is a horseshoe of sand with a tall cliff to the
right and Rabbit Island in the distance.
I love going to Makapu‘u,” said Michelle Shackelford,
a junior journalism major.
I like the beautiful view of the ocean and the mountains,” she
Like Sandys, Makapu‘u is a great place to body board. The
ride is a little longer, the breaks do not start on the shore,
and the waves are not as powerful as Sandys.
It’s cooler, too. The sun doesn’t shine directly
on Makapu‘u in the afternoon because it is so close to
Waikiki, probably the most famous beach in the world, comes in
fourth, because it is right in the heart of the biggest tourist
area on the island, and is usually filled with people everyday.
Waikiki is a great place to go if you like to meet new people,” said
senior business major Gavin Conception. “It’s like
it’s the gathering place on the island.”
Sherwood’s Beach, located in the heart of Waimanalo up
the coast from Makapu‘u, finished the list at number five.
The water at Sherwoods is very clear, and the fine sand makes
it a great place to body board. Beginners go here to learn how
to body board. Since it is not very deep, the bodyboarder can
stand and get a push off into the wave. The soft sand creates
a cushion if someone falls.
I always go to Sherwoods with my friends,” said junior
justice administration major Danny Lee. “We usually go
there to barbecue and play football because it has a big sand
area to play on.”
To some people the beach is a place to visit for surfing and
action, and to others it’s a place of relaxation. O‘ahu
has many beaches to satisfy people who use them for many different
Also receiving votes for the survey were Waimea, Sunset, Pipeline,
Kailua, Diamond Head, and Yokohama.
Photos courtesy Ikena Du Pont
A sand-slider slides into a wave and gets shot up almost 10
feet in the air. The sand-sliders would run down the hill and
jump on their board after one wave hits, then they fly as the
next wave shoots them up.
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is the most popular spot on Waikiki
People enjoy the soft sand and calm waves at Sherwoods.
The tall cliffs of Makapu‘u stare
over the blue waves and people on the beach.
Beachgoers play and lay in the sun at Ala Moana. Ala Moana
is the place that people go to relax and enjoy the calm ocean.