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The Most Unusual Beaches in Hawaii

Everybody loves a beautiful beach and Hawaii is full of some breath-taking ones, but there are also some unusual beaches in Hawaii.

Most of the beaches in Hawaii have the classic, dreamy combination of white sands and clear blue waters. But have you ever considered some of the other impressive natural beaches that make up Hawaii’s diverse islands?

In addition to its “classic,” beautiful beaches, Hawaii also has some amazing natural beaches that you won’t see anywhere else.

From green sandy shores to beaches made up of colorful sea glass, every one of these beaches is out of this world.

And here are just some of our favorite unusual beaches in Hawaii:

Hanapepe, Kauai 

Hanapepe isn’t really a beach as you know beaches – it doesn’t have sand – instead it has glass.

The result of years and years of discarded glass washing up on the shore of the beach, the glass has now become “sea glass” and is entirely safe to walk on.

A very rare sight, there are only a few other glass beaches in the world. The beach is a colorful pattern of glass that is a photographer’s dream and a unique must-see sight.

Papakolea Beach/Mahana Beach, Kauai

Known as either Papakolea Beach or Mahana Beach, Kauai’s famous bay is best known for its green sand!

One of just four green sand beaches on the planet, the beach is extremely unique and a visit to Kauai would not be complete with a visit to Mahana Beach.

Be aware, however, that access to the beach can be a little tricky and involves a two hour hike through lava fields, which can be extremely difficult and should not be traversed at night.

Kaihalulu Beach, Maui

Kaihalulu Beach in Maui is located just south of Hana Bay on the east side of the island and is one of just a few red sand beaches in the world.

The beach is also known as a “secret beach” because access to this bay can be a little dangerous thanks to an overgrown trail that follows the cliff to the beach.

You are also not able to swim here because the water is too rough for swimmers, however, the views of the blue sea against the red sand are unbeatable.

Punalu’u Park, The Big Island

Located on the southeast coast of the island, Punalu’u Park beach is poised between the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Naalehu town.

What makes this beach unique is its black sand. A product of the volcanoes that surround the region, the volcanic black sand fills the beach and is like tiny crystals.

Be warned, however, the sand can get extremely hot in the sun (hotter than light sand). You can also find honu (green sea turtles) on this beach and enjoy the picnic table area.

Waianapanapa Beach, Maui

A must-see destination, Waianapanapa Beach is located close to Hana and around 40 miles from Paia on the island of Maui.

Another unusual beach, this beach’s shoreline is filled with smooth lava pebbles, and has a blowhole, lava tubes and freshwater pools.

A spectacular sight, you can spend plenty of time enjoying the ocean views and the natural wonders of the bay and then visit the nearby Waianapanapa State Park afterwards for a shaded picnic.


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