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Sunday in Hawaii: Hanauma Bay - Tamara's Journeys

Sunday in Hawaii: Hanauma Bay

March 5th, 2017

Many attractions tourists would visit around Honolulu are closed on Sundays. What’s a girl to do? Go to the beach!

Formed within a volcanic cone, the Hanauma Crater was created during a series of volcanic vents opened along the southeast shoreline of Oʻahu. Over time wave erosion eventually cut through the low, southeast wall of the crater, forming the current bay.

Today Hanauma Bay offers a pristine marine ecosystem visited by around one million visitors per year. The bay is closed every Tuesday, Christmas Day and New Years Day to allow the fish a day of feeding without interruption. Obviously well loved by Hawaii, every visitor must watch a video before entering the park so they can learn about the marine life, preservation, conservation, and safety rules for the park.

After the 1941 attack of Pearl Harbor barbed wire was placed at the beach and a bunker was constructed for use by sentries. The Bay area reopened after the war and became even more visitor friendly after blasting in the reef for a transoceanic cable provided room for swimming.

Hanauma is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Island and has suffered from overuse. I couldn’t believe that, in 1956, dynamite was used to clear portions of the reef to make room for telephone cables linking Hawaii to the west coast of the US. Today, about 400 species of fish are known to inhabit the bay. It is known for its abundance of Green sea turtles and parrotfish. http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/regions-neighborhoods/honolulu/hanauma-bay/

Don’t be deterred by unexpected “closures” in your life. Find a beach!



  • dad says on: March 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm


    Pick up Micheners “Hawaii”for that evening reading.

  • Debra Levine says on: March 5, 2017 at 9:44 pm


    Tough assignment kiddo!!???????????

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.