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Hawaii’s Most Famous Beach Is Hiding A Big Secret

The world famous Waikiki Beach draws millions of tourists to its white sands and turquoise waters each year, accounting for approximately 42 percent of the state’s tourist industry revenue – roughly $2 billion annually. But Waikiki Beach is also holding onto a secret of massive proportions: Waikiki is in fact an engineered beach that has been filled with imported sand for decades – and it is unfortunately in danger of being lost entirely.

While Waikiki Beach might not be the most popular beach among locals, it is a massive tourist draw, and there’s no telling what will become of the famous Waikiki Beach in our lifetime. Tell us, did you know that this world-famous beach was almost entirely man-made, so to speak? For more in-depth information, check out this feature published on the Huffington Post last year.

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. Since moving to Hawaii from the mainland two years ago, she has become obsessed with hiking, beach trips, and Kona coffee.