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Crescent-Shaped Beaut

Hanelei Bay describes an almost perfect semicircle on Kauai's lovely and lively north shore, not all that far west from road's end in Haena State Park. With the ocean on one side and jungle-green highlands on the other, the bayshore beaches make gorgeous strolling grounds. Summer's calm waters invite swimming--the Hanelei Pier, near the mouth of the Hanelei River, is a popular put-in--while winter's rougher surf elevates Hanelei Bay to one of Kauai's primo wave-riding spots.

In short, Hanelei Bay's sands are one of those places that conveniently boils down much of the magical beauty of the Garden Isle. And no, in case anecdotes have you wondering, this isn't the "Honalee" of Puff the Magic Dragon--but, heck, it's dreamy enough that it might as well be.

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