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Waimanalo's Turquoise Waters

Updated on October 16, 2009
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Nature is my medicine. -Sara Moss-Wolfe

It could have something to do with the fact that turquoise is a favorite gem and color. I have a need to go to a place to relax and the sea does that to me. I am prone to nervousness, and according to people who practise holistic medicine, turquoise has a calming effect on patients. The color is actually used to treat patients who have panic attacks or mania. To a lesser degree, mainstream Psychiatric hospitals also use turquoise and other light shades of blue and green to calm patients by painting the walls these colors. We can surmise then, that the sea will do the same, if not more.

It makes sense that Waimanalo beach is unlike any other for me. I keep going back, and i dream of living very close by. Really, i have never seen the sea as turquoise as i have seen it in Waimanalo, and i have been to a lot of beaches. The color turquoise is a slightly greenish shade of cyan, sometimes a mixture of pale blue and green. It is beautiful indeed!

Waimanalo means, “protected precious waters“ and the locals call it "God’s Country" because of its majestic mountains, unrivaled beaches, and tranquil atmosphere, Actually, Waimanalo Beach is considered as a nautical town because parts of it are on the ocean or touch tidal bodies of water such as inlets and tidal rivers. The town has a total area of 3.0 square miles and 45.56 percent of that is water.

Famous author James Michener wrote his novel Hawaii in Waimanalo. While it does not carry the name recognition of places like Waikiki, Kailua, Northshore, scenes of Waimanalo have actually been showcased on television screens for nearly 30 years. The estate that Tom Selleck’s "Magnum P.I." character called home is actually located in Waimanalo, many of the beautiful beach scenes that were shown on "Baywatch Hawaii" were shot at Waimanalo Beach. Adam Sandler’s movie, "50 First Dates," featured a great deal of footage of Waimanalo’s Sea Life Park. 

Waimanalo Beach is one of the longest beaches on Oahu, about three miles long. The beach park is one of the more favorite in Oahu, simply for the reason that it is very close to urban Honolulu and suburban Kailua and Kaneohe. It has a very nice shallow sandbar, and the surf is about one to two feet high, making it ideal for kids and novice wave riders. Some of the favorite pastimes here are beachcombing, fishing, surfing, swimming, and wave riding. The park also provides ample shade with the ironwood trees all year.

Waimanalo is located on Hawaii's main island, Oahu, a short drive over the mountains from Honolulu Airport. It's close to the city but retains a small-town country feel. A few locally owned lunch stops and grocery shops dot the highway. None of the buildings are taller than two stories. Big city nightlife in Waikiki is a short drive away, but Waimanalo is quiet at night.
Nearby Kailua also has a full range of restaurants, stores, services and nightspots.

Well-known restaurants close by include Buzz’s Original Steak House, where former U.S. Presidents have dined, Lucy’s Bar and Grill and Board Riders Restaurant. Again, do not be surprised to see limos in the area, and celebrities who do not have to worry about being recognized. In such magnificent landscape, no one dare compete for attention and believe me, nature at it's best makes us all equal. And nothing can be more wonderful and so relaxing.

Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. ~Robert Henri

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      And the beautiful water is turquoise! Just looking at the water is so soothing. The saying is true - 'it has the potent power to make us think the things we like to think'- lovely!

      Beauty does transform! Thanks again for helping me think the things I like to think! It's happy time here in Brooklyn, NY!

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      hdy 7 years ago from Texas

      nice hub!

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      jiberish 7 years ago from florida

      I always say that God is an artist, with so many beautiful colors. Great Pictures!!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Never mind the turquoise colors, IslandVoice. Your words and pics are sufficient enough to calm me! I can't wait to go there. It certainly is spectacular! Thank you again.

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      mikedsun 7 years ago from Houston

      ok that's it, am starting a quarter jar and filling it with dollar coins to expedite the funding of my next visit to HI.... thx syl, what a visual,explosive adventure! aloha, mabuhay, Mike in Houston

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Bk, i hope it's ok to love yah!

      Harris, gratis!

      Jiberish, and He made awesome artists like you!

      Dohn, my sweet son! I'm looking forward to that time we can party, paradise style!

      Mikey, just sell one of the cars in the garage! Muchos gracias for droppin by. Mahalo!

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      elayne001 7 years ago

      I enjoyed your hub on Waimanalo. It is so beautiful there and you made it come alive for all of us.

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      GPAGE 7 years ago from California

      IslandVoice! Thank you so much for this great hub and introducing me to a place that I have never been to. My novel takes place in Hawaii, so maybe this will be a good place to shoot the movie one day! ; "Positive thinking!!!!!!" Anyway, I would love to see the ocean there too......some pretty pics also! GPAGE

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      Waren E 7 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

      Now that's the good life right there!:)

      Thanks for sharing this IslandVoice!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Elayne: I like that, to make it come alive somehow. Appreciate your visit.

      GPAGE, it will be the ultimate rendezvous place for reality hot love in your future blockbuster movie!

      Waren, you are always welcome in paradise!

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Gee, thanks for a beautiful calming hub, thank you for sharing. creativeone59

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you Creativeone!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      How wonderful it must be to live in paradise! I enjoyed your photo selections. Turquoise is surely a beautiful color and of my favorites. Thank you for the trip.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      James, it's always a pleasure to share life in the islands. Nice to know you like turquoise too.

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      Godslittlechild 7 years ago

      What a beautiful place. Looking at the pictures is relaxing!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks GLC! Relax is something we all need to do in our crazy world. Thanks for visiting.

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      magdielqr 7 years ago

      Wow! I really love this hub. This is a great collection of links and cool videos.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Magdielqr!

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      Aqua 7 years ago from California

      This is the second Hawaii hub of yours I've read and I'm now ready to book a vacation! Love your writing and pics. :)

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks again Aqua! Come right away!

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      Tina Irene 7 years ago

      Beautiful photos, IslandVoice! I find those who have never seen turquoise water can't believe it until they do. I experienced it when I lived and worked on the Spanish Main (northern coastal areas of Venezuela). The water is turquoise and clear, so the shore bottom can be seen. Those who live near such waters (the Pacific, Caribbean, etc.) are truly blessed. Great hub, IslandVoice.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Yes Tina, you are so right. I myself couldn't believe how the ocean can provide such color. We are blessed to experience such. I've heard about Spain, as you mentioned, Thanks for the ok on this hub.

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      Frederic 2 years ago

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