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Our very own Department of Earth and Environment Professor Dr. Stephen “Dr. Beach” Leatherman recently evaluated Hawaii’s spectacular coastline and narrowed down the top 10 beaches.

Dr. Leatherman is the director for the laboratory of Coastal research and has spent nearly 30 years evaluating beaches based on 50 criteria from water temperature to sand softness.

Here is his list of Hawaii’s top 10 beaches:

    • Hanalei Bay, Kauai
    • Hanauma Bay, Oahu
    • Hapuna State Beach, Big Island
    • Hulopoe Beach, Lanai
    • Kaanapali Beach, Maui
    • Kapalua Beach, Maui
    • Kaunaoa Beach, Big Island
    • Keawakapu Beach, Maui
    • Ke’e Beach, Kauai
    • Lanikai Beach, Oahu

Take a look at the top 10 beaches in the United States for 2019.