Lanikai Beach

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Lanikai Beach with the twin islands of Nā Mokulua off shore.
Beachgoers in Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach is located in Lanikai, meaning "heavenly sea"[1] in Hawaiian is a neighborhood within Kailua, on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii. This small 0.5 mile beach has been consistently ranked among the best beaches in the world.[2] Adjacent to Lanikai Beach is a primarily upper-class residential area, because of this it is only accessible through public beach access paths. Although the beach itself is public property, it is not state land and is not a county beach park like many beaches in Hawaii. There is no public parking lot and the area lacks facilities like restrooms, showers or lifeguards.[3]

During the weekdays the beach is relatively empty, but on weekends during peak tourist season it can become extremely crowded. Lanikai is a popular spot for photo shoots as renowned models and photographers frequent the place on nice days. What makes Lanikai Beach popular for photographers is having the two Islands in the background called the Na Mokulua or "mokes". Kayakers will often row out to land on the larger northern island, but no one is allowed to land on the southern island as it is a bird sanctuary. Water temperatures are generally 75 – 80 degrees F (24 – 26 C) so you can spend plenty of time in the water. It has the softest powdery clean white sand and makes this beach awesome. Lanikai Beach is regularly voted as one of the BEST BEACHES IN AMERICA and is the only beach in the USA that was voted as one of the best beaches in the world! [4]

Due to its position on the Windward or east side of the island, Lanikai is recognized as being great place to watch the moonrise over the Mokuluas, especially during the full moon. Occasionally during the year the sun will rise directly between the Na Mokulua islands. [5]

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Coordinates: 21°23′32.00″N 157°42′54.00″W / 21.3922222°N 157.7150000°W / 21.3922222; -157.7150000