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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The "Dr. Beach's Favorite" Story

Duke Kahanamoku Beach with
Diamond Head in the background.

It was an ordinary day.  Just got back from a tour on the island of Oahu which featured stops at Pearl Harbor, the Punch Bowl and a tour of the city of Honolulu.  After Carol and I departed the tour van a our hotel we decided to take a stroll to nearby Waikiki Beach.  
Looking toward the opposite end of the beach.
 Couldn't make a visit to Oahu without a trip to what has been dubbed by Dr. Beach as the best public beach in the United States.  The beach is known as Duke Kahanamoku Beach and was covered from one end of the crescent beach to the other with swimsuit clad patrons.  Beach towels of one color or another were spread along the white sand.  
Looking through the double line
of surfboards toward the beach.
 Surfers, body- boarders and paddle- boarders roamed the water from shoreline to an area off shore where the waves began to show white swells and foam.  Palm trees dot the edge of the beach where it meets the elegant hotels.  
The beach as the sun is about to set.  Photos galore.
 After a few photos and watching a surfing class, we headed back to our hotel.  After our evening meal we made another visit to the beach with our traveling friends Jerry and Just Sue to watch the sun set off to the right of the beach.  
Sunset is inevitable!  Silhouettes abound!!
 The beach was packed!!  People of all ages covered the beach as well as four to five deep along the edge of the beach. Cameras and phones were all pointed in one direction; towards the impending sunset.  I saw a group of three young woman dressed in kimonos posing for photos so I got in line.  The only disappointing event of the entire Waikiki beach experience was the sunset.  Not as impressive as many of the sunsets we have experienced in the Caribbean, but in all fairness to Hawaiian sunsets, the cloud cover wasn't helpful.  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.



My three young friends. 
The Final Result!  Sunset on Waikiki.

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