Hanalei Beach
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Slow down in Hawaii’s beach towns
Charming hamlets like Haleiwa, Hana, and Hanalei represent an island culture stripped of tourist trappings. In Haleiwa, sitting prettily on Oahu’s North Shore, the seasons guide the surf culture, bringing in visitors with the winter swells. On Maui, Hana greets travelers at the end of a long and meandering coastal highway; just past the town lie the sheltered red sands of Kaihalulu Bay and the “sacred pools” of Oheo, with waterfalls stacked like a champagne tower. Although the Kauai town of Hanalei provided the backdrop for the film “South Pacific”—and legend has it, inspired the Peter, Paul & Mary song “Puff the Magic Dragon”—it’s isolated in quiet beauty, proving that Hawaii still exists beyond airbrushed brochures.

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