Waimānalo Beach, on the windward side of the island of Oahu has several claims to fame; firstly it is were Magnum, P.I. resided in the 80’s TV series. Second, and perhaps more importantly it is the longest stretch of sandy shore on Oahu at well over 5 miles (9km). This expanse of unbroken white sand is sandwiched between the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean and the welcome shade of the many ironwood trees behind.
Being on the windward side of Oahu means Waimānalo takes the brunt of the north-easterly trade winds during the winter, this can make it feel a little more chilly than the sheltered beaches on the other coasts. However, this isn’t an issue in the summer and the shade of the trees behind make it a great choice.
Perhaps Waimānalo’s best endorsement is from the locals. Whilst during the week you may be able to find a sizeable stretch of beach to yourself, come the weekend out come the barbecues as the locals set up for the day.
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