Turtle Bay, Oahu
Geography and environment
The area which is one of the is a last undeveloped areas on Oʻahu is recognized for its rock formations, wild coastal beaches, threatened green sea turtles and endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal habitats, whale spottings, traditional fishing areas, small local agricultural lots, Hawaiian ancestral burial grounds. About 5 miles (8.0 km) of beaches and 12 miles (19 km) of trails surround the bay.
A World War II concrete bunker stands at the tip of the bay's western point. It is located at Coordinates: , just north of Route 83, known as Kamehameha Highway. To the west of the point is Kawela Bay, and to the east, the former site of Kahuku Army Airfield.
The Turtle Bay Resort has the North Shore's sole large hotel. The resort rests on 880 acres (3.6 km2) including the former airfield runways. Other accommodations on the resort include the beach front Villas (built in 2005) and the Kuilima Estates Condos (built in the early 1970). The resort took the "turtle bay" name officially in 1983. Previously the area was called Kuilima, and the point was Kalaeokaunu.
Turtle Bay is the site of the Rainbows Break Surf spot. It is also one of a number of popular spots for Kayaking on the North Shore. Turtle Bay Resort has two championship golf courses, The Arnold Palmer Course and The George Fazio Course.
Television and film
Due to its still largely unspoiled landscape, natural beauty and large waves along with its proximity to Honolulu, it is a popular area for filming. Turtle Bay with its rock formations and constant rolling surf served as a backdrop for the ABC TV series Lost and Discovery Channel's Mythbusters.
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- Turtle Bay Resort
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- John R. K. Clark (2004). "lookup of Rainbows ". in Hawai'i Place Names: Shores, Beaches, and Surf Sites. Ulukau, the Hawaiian Electronic Library, University of Hawaii Press. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
- K.C. Connors (July 22, 2010). "Keeping country country is good for isle film industry". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
- MythBusters: Duct Tape Island Aftershow : Video : Discovery Channel
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