Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii
is among the most popular and famous beaches
in the world, even though it is short
and can be very crowded.
Waikiki Beach with Its Iconic Views
of Diamond Head and Honolulu
Waikiki Beach stretches two miles
from the Outrigger Canoe Club Beach
at the base of Diamond Head
to the Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Lagoon
by the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Duke Kahanamoku Beach
Waikiki Beach is actually a string of eight beaches,
each with its own character and activities.
Aerial View of Part of Waikiki
(from breakwater by Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Lagoon, center,
to Kūhiō Beach, right)
Map of Waikiki with Its World Famous Hotels
A favorite thing for people to do on Waikiki
happens once a day: catching the sunset.
Honolulu is closer to the equator
than much of North America,
so sunset times vary little throughout the year.
Gathering to Catch the Sunset
Kūhiō Beach looking toward the pink Royal Hawaiian
and the tall Sheraton Waikiki
Some Surfers Depart While Sunset Watchers Arrive
Sunset on Waikiki happens quickly,
but each one is unique.
These sunset photographs
were all taken on March 2, 2015.
Many enjoy sunset on Waikiki
from Waikiki waters.
I find the colors and textures of the ocean
at sunset both lovely and fascinating,
especially when contrasted with
the dark silhouettes of water lovers.
Cloud and light rule the sunset,
and the sky can look very different,
depending on where you point your camera
and on how much you zoom.
Zooming in on Dramatic Clouds
Snapping a Selfie in the Water
It's fun to look for other photographers
as they capture their family and friends
or focus on the beautiful scenery.
One day I'll try a sunset cruise,
but to me a paddle board is more fun.
Sunset is too brief,
but there is always another one tomorrow.