The sun rises over the twin islands of Na Mokulua, breaking the horizon line and drawing a yellow line in the sea leading to Lanikai Beach in the town of Kailua on Oahu. Flowers arranged into a sweet-smelling “Aloha” on the white-sand beach add a postcard feel and accent the picture with contrasting color.
Literally translated, “Lanikai” means, “Heavenly Sea,” a fitting name for one of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches. The beach itself is only accessible through public access paths and provides no parking or other services. Because of this, the beach is less frequented than many others–except perhaps by photographers who relish the chance to capture long shadows and the nearby islet silhouettes.