Scenic USA - Hawaii
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|Photos by Sam Cox
Sam's Landscape Imagery
With names such as Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head and Pearl Harbor, the island of Oahu has gained fame throughtout the world. The third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and most popluated, Oahu's cities of Honolulu, Waikiki, Kailua and Pearl City have been hosting vacationers for decades. Dating back to 1901, the Moana Hotel was the first resort in Waikiki. While agriculture reached its peak during the late 1800s, when immigrants from Asia, Puerto Rico and Russia answered a call for labor, tourism over the last century has gained the lead in Hawaii. The clear blue waters, gorgeous scenery, tropical climate and inviting beaches spell fun in the surf and sun.
This captivating shoreline scene looks down on Sandy Beach Park just as a rain shower breaks offshore. Here on the southeast tip of Oahu, facing Molokai Island, a unique channel between the islands creates one of the best shorelines for body boarding and surfing. Attracting a large summer crowd, the die-hards work their way through jumble just to hit the waves.
Along with a beautiful stretch of beach and inviting emerald waters, Sandy Beach comes with a few unseen dangers, especially when the surf is up. With the perfect tube comes a treacherous shore break, rip currents and dangerous coral reefs just below the surface. At times these perfect waves top 50 feet.
Wanting to see Oahu's amazing waves and incredible surfers? Surfing fun at Sandy's is just 20 minutes away from Waikiki. Nothing but surf, sun and sand ... no restaurants, no shops, just the beach, an awesome surf and incredible scenery!
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