Lanikai Beach in Kailua

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On Sunday, my family and I met up with an old college friend and her kids in Kailua on the Windward side of O’ahu. It was a gray, rainy day, and at first it seemed as if our beach picnic plans had been scuttled. But a patch of blue sky inspired us to head out anyway, and we spent a perfect hour at Lanikai Beach.

Lanikai is frequently voted by locals and travel experts alike as one of Hawaii’s best beaches. And even on this overcast, windy spring day, it was easy to see why this stretch of sand has so many fans. Our kids had a blast frolicking in the surf and playing in the soft sand. This beach trip was also a landmark one for our youngest son, Alex, who up until now had an inexplicable fear of the ocean. Though he kept his distance from the waves at first, he was eventually won over by Lanikai’s gentle waves.

Alex’s costars in this short video include his 10-year-old sister Katie and 5-year-old brother Zac. There’s even a brief cameo by our friend’s son, Tyler. The music is by Kimo Watanabe.

5 Responses

  1. I love lanikai

  2. ali says:

    That video is precious beyond words! You could see Alex’s progression from the hesitancy in the beginning to loving the ocean at the end. I wish we had videos like this of our kids!

  3. rox says:

    I love Lanikai . :-)

    I am starting to feel a bit iced out. You come here and you no call? Whazzup?

  4. keeneye says:

    I just watched this video 3x in a row.

    Thanks for a great five minutes.

  5. Kris says:

    This is my favorite place on Earth. The sand is like powdered sugar and the color of the water is like in no other place.

    Thank you so much for sharing this and giving me a mini-vacation in the middle of my cubicle day!

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