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The Beach(es)

The main beach--the one you’d think of when you think of a beach--actually had two sections.  The part where you saw people and boats was the swimming part, because the sand extended out beyond the shore, and access was easy getting in and getting out.

West of that area, the beach was perfectly fine for sunbathing, but access to the water was very difficult  because it was on uneven lava.  (Take a look at the aerial picture here  

and you’ll easily see what I mean. Look at the picture, left.  It was a formidable barrier to walking barefoot.)

One more thing: Ground up lava makes black sand, and ground up coral makes white sand.  Hawai’i is a young island still being formed from lava, and the natural sand is black.  So where did the white sand come from--there certainly isn’t enough coral yet to disintegrate and make a glorious white sand beach.

The beach shack was where everything began.  That’s where you’d pick up all the complimentary  items: snorkel gear, kayaks, sailboats, boogie boards, etc.

Not everything was free.  Paddleboards, windsurfing boards, and the one-person outriggers had a one-time-per-visit charge which included a

lesson/orientation fee. There was an hourly fee for the six-person outrigger. And as you'd expect, there was a charge for SCUBA equipment, whether used in a shore dive or on the dive boat.

A guest learned to use a wind surfer

Kalu was set for a paddleboard ride

Every day the turtles made their way out of the water and up on the sand, and when they laboriously dragged themselves back to the water, they left an unmistakeable turtle trail.

There was another sandy beach, much less conspicuous, and much less used.  The beach by LS8 and P1&2 (remember the arrow on the Property Map?), aside from being a quiet place to take the sun, it was used by snorkelers who entered there because it was closer to where the best snorkeling was.  However the sand was very coarse and dive booties were recommended.

In the morning, the sea was flat, and more conducive to snorkeling and kayaking. As the wind came up in the afternoon, the sails came out.



In May of 2010 the village held a Remember When get-together for long-time guests, (how many resorts held reunions for long time guests?), and as one event we were treated to an excursion on the Ribcraft.  We were hoping for dolphins, but the dolphins weren’t cooperating.  However Fred Duerr, who had been GM for many years, was pointing out various shoreline features and telling anecdotes about various residents.  Alas, the ribcraft is not an optimum setup for an amateur with a camera to overcome the wind and buffeting of the boat.  So I gave up on capturing the informative part of the outing and just enjoyed the ride.  The forward seats are really saddles and very secure.  The outboards zip the boat along at up to 40mph.  Try holding a camera steady under those conditions! Anyway, the Ribcraft was great fun, dolphins or not.


Occasionally potential guests would look at the property map and choose a hale in the western reaches of the village, dreaming of an early morning dash into the water, only to find that they would have a pleasant walk down the beach to enjoy their swim. It wasn’t not a big deal if you were aware of it.

Here’s what happened: Years ago someone else owned the land where the SM units are, and shipped in white sand from China in anticipation of building a resort.  The KVR owners at the time bought a quantity of it to spread on the beach shack end, and over time that has resulted in the salt and pepper mixture that was there.  Sands across the sea, as it were.

The DPVs (shown right) could only be used in groups led by a member of the staff, and there was a charge for ribcraft and fishing excursions.