We are mosaics . . pieces of light, love, history, stars . . . Anita Krizzan
Sunset Hō'okipa Beach Maui Hawaii
Hō'okipa is one of the windsurfing capitals of the world and one of the most beautiful beaches on Maui. Papa is the Hawaiian word for the flat table-like shelf of exposed reef which fronts the beautiful golden sands of Hō'okipa, between the sand and the Pacific Ocean. You may discover wonderful sea creatures within the tidepools on the papa. Makai (ocean side) of the papa the ocean is deep and the currents strong, usually pulling from the east to west on the windward side of the island.
The area is one of the best known shoreline landmarks on Maui. In an archipelago like the Hawaiian Islands the water between islands is typically called a channel or passage. The channel between the islands of Maui and Moloka'i is called Pailolo Channel.
I live on Maui and go to this beautiful beach often. It is one of my favourite beaches on the island. The golden sand is deep and gorgeous. It looks absolutely brilliant in a macro photograph. It is a lovely place to enjoy any time of day. It is nice to enjoy watching the windsurfers and also to have a picnic on the beach. There are facilities with showers to rinse the sand from your feet which is nice. Many of the Hawaiians you see on this beach with their children and families are our ohana (family) and friends and this beach is quite popular with locals for birthday parties . The pavillion is nice and shaded with tables and benches. . . It is a lovely beach to relax in the evening at sunset watching the Honu ( Hawaiian Sea Turtles) who love to haul out and rest here on the sand. Often you may see the Honu rolling and playing in the waves like children and feeding on limu on the rocks. They are so adorable. Occasionally I have seen ilio holo i ka uana - Monachus shauinslandi - the beautiful Hawaiian Monk Seal basking in the sun and napping on the rocks.
The channel between the islands of Maui and Moloka'i is called Pailolo Channel. Some say Pailolo means Pai (lift), olo'olo (shifting) . Others say Pailolo means crazy fisherman, referring to the typical rough sea conditions. Knowing the meaning of Lolo in Hawaiian, which is "crazy", the name Pailolo holds special significance and I think that is a better translation because you'd have to be crazy to try and swim across it . . it's probably impossible and too dangerous. There are many sharks and other ocean creatures of course it's open ocean. . Although the channel is only about 8.4 miles at its shortest point, it is one of the windiest and roughest in the Hawaiian Islands. This means swimming and water sports at Hō'okipa are only for the very experienced.
Of the Hawaiian archipelago, eight islands are inhabited. Of the five principal islands Hawai'i is the largest area at approximately 4,015 square miles. The islands extend in a general northwest and southeast direction, and the channels separating them are of various widths and depths of water, as follows:
Kaieie Waho Channel, between Kaua'i and O'ahu--shortest distance, 72.16 statute miles; its deepest known depth is 11,232 feet.
Kaiwi Channel, separating O'ahu and Moloka'i--shortest distance, 26.89 statute miles; its deepest known depth is 2,214 feet.
Pailolo Channel, separating Moloka'i from Maui -- shortest distance, 9.09 miles; its deepest known depth is 840 feet.
Alenuihaha Channel, separating Maui from Hawai'i (Big Island) -- shortest distance, 28.79 statute miles; its deepest known depth is 7,560 feet.
Kaulakahi Channel, separating the islands of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau. The name Kaulakahi means The single flame (streak of colour).
Au'au Channel, between Lāna'i and Maui. Au'au means Bathe
Kealaikahiki Channel, between Kanaloa ( Kaho'olawe island) and Lāna'i. Kealaikahiki means The way to foreign lands.
Alalākeiki Channel, between Kanaloa (Kaho'olawe island) and the island of Maui.
Alalākeiki means Child's wail, or child's crying (believed to be heard here)
Alenuihāhā Channel, between Maui and the Big Island of Hawai'i.
Alenuihāhā means Great billows smashing.
Kaieiewaho Channel, between Kaua'i and O'ahu. The Kaieiewaho is also called the Kaua'i Channel.
Kaieiewaho means Outer Kaieie, named after the ieie vine (Freycinetia arborea)
Kalohi Channel, between Lāna'i island and the island of Moloka'i. Kalohi means The slowness.
Alll the islands are surrounded by coral reefs and high surf.
There are four distinct surf breaks at Hō'okipa. Pavilions is the break furthest east, off the lookout parking. West from it, facing the main parking, is Middles break. Usually these are both left to surfers. The area between the two, which catches fewer breaking sets, is sometimes referred to as Girlie Bowl or Green Trees. Next further west, facing the lifeguard tower and the narrow sand beach launch, is H-Poko or Point (Hamakua Poko). It is the most popular break for windsurfing, and generally breaks as a right.
With the prevailing trade wind direction being east to east-north-east, this is most frequently down-the-line sailing on starboard tack (wind from right when standing on the beach). Yet further west, past the rocky point, is Lanes, which generally breaks as a left. Under relatively rare conditions, known as Kona, the prevailing winds become southwest, and Lanes is ridden down-the-line on port tack (wind from left when standing on the beach). This only occurs a few days out of every year."
Hō'okipa Beach Maui North Shore Hawaii
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