Polihale Beach on Kauai, Wailea Beach on Maui and Black Sand Beach on Maui are among the stretches of scenic sand that won “best in class” in Travel + Leisure magazine’s first-ever reader rankings of the world’s best beaches in six different categories.
In Travel + Leisure’s January issue, Polihale Beach is considered the world’s best secluded beach, with the magazine giving this description: “Verdant cliffs frame the westernmost public beach on Kauai, accessible only via old farm roads.”
Wailea Beach gets the nod for the best beach for activities: “Expert guides lead snorkeling, canoeing and boogie boarding excursions amid the private coves.”
And Maui’s Black Sand Beach in Waianapanapa State Park is the winner for beach with the most dramatic landscape: “Only a quarter of a mile long, it makes a big impression because of its black sand and spiny hala trees.”
Looks like the new year is off to a good start for the state’s visitor industry.
Courtesy of Star Advertiser (Hawaii’s largest newspaper on online media) Dec 29, 2012
Mayor Bernard Carvalho attended the annual meeting of the Kauai Board of Realtors (KBR), shown here with Past President Matt Beall, RB, and 2013 President Donna Rice, RB.
Several other officers were also installed. A great buffet, Christmas songs led by Mayor Carvalho, and dancing, all made this event the highlight of the year for KBR.
Donna Rice announced to her fellow real estate professionals her main objectives for 2013 to be working closely with the Mayor, County Council, and Chamber of Commerce to strengthen ties with real estate clients, smooth the path for transactions, and invest in public education.
This week experts and concerned citizens met for a presentation and discussion about the apparent deterioration of coral formations in the North Shore Kauai area.
Experts were drawn from several organizations, including the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai’i Department of Microbiology, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Honolulu office, the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Department of Health.
There appears to be mounting evidence, according to the researchers, of a cyanobacterial/fungal outbreak, the first time such a disease has been documented in Hawaiian waters. It was agreed that further studies are needed but lack of funding may be an impediment.
Also active in many areas of pollution control and reduction is the Hanalei Watershed Hui. For more information, a good contact point is the office of Mayor Bernard Carvalho (808-241-3900), who has taken an active leadership position in this and many other issues in the public interest.
Our blogs will keep you posted as more news becomes available.
The first step in the restoration of the iconic Hanalei Pier began this week with the removal of the shed at the end. The pier is run by the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Work is being sponsored by The Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay, and several fund-raisers have been held by them to gather resources. Information can be found at www.hanaleirotary.org and donations are always helpful.
In fact, the restoration was something of a safety issue, too, as the shed roof, in bad repair, was a favorite jumping spot for the nervy youngsters of the island.
Work is planned for completion by June, 2012.