While each state in America is distinctive in its geography and appearance, Hawaii is perhaps the most unique in all of America. One of the many things that sets Hawaii apart from the crowd are the stunning beaches that populate the islands, particularly the colored beaches. From black and green sand beaches on the Big Island to Maui’s magnificent red sand beach, Hawaii’s colored beaches will leave you speechless.
1) Punaluu Beach
Nestled between Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Naalehu town on the Big Island, Punaluu is perhaps Hawaii’s most famous black sand beach, and is a popular haven for honu to relax.
2) Kaihalulu Beach
Located south of Hana Bay on the eastern coast of Maui, Kaihalulu is one of the few red sand beaches in the world. You’ll have to access the stunning beach via an overgrown cliff-side trail, and the water is rough, but really, the views – and photo opp – make it worth a trip.
3) Wainapanapa Beach
Located just outside Maui’s famous Hana, this beach has so much more to offer than hauntingly beautiful black sand made up of smooth lava pebbles – visitors can view the blowhole, and explore fresh water pools and lava tubes.
4) Papakolea Beach
Located on the southern tip of the Big Island, Papakolea Beach is one of only four green sand beaches in the world. The green hue comes from olivine, a mineral and common component of Hawaiian lava. Because olivine is denser than other minerals, it accumulates on the shoreline naturally, creating a green hued beach.
5) Papohaku Beach
So, maybe orange sand isn’t as exotic as black or green, but Papohaku Beach, located on Molokai’s western tip, is worthy of a visit simply because it is so secluded. And there’s no beating the sand’s orange hue when the sun sets.
6) Awahua Beach
Located on the northern peninsula of Molokai, Awahua maintains a black appearance because it is comprised of detrital sand, which is a type of sandstone derived by pre-existing rocks. This beach is inaccessible, unless you hike or take a mule as part of a tour group visiting Kaluapapa, the historic leprosy colony on the island.
7) Halawa Beach Park
At the end of Kamehameha Highway on Molokai is this beautiful black and white sand beach. Do you notice a trend here? I think we all need to head to Molokai to truly experience Hawaii’s magnificent colored beaches.
8) Kailua Beach
Yeah, yeah, yeah – white isn’t technically a color, but the magnificent sand found at Oahu’s famous Kailua beach is second to none. The fine white sand found at Kailua Beach Park contains coral, shell fragments and other organic material.
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