The sun breaks through a curtain of clouds, casting an orange shadow off Magic Sands beach on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Called Magic Sands, Disappearing Sands, or White Sands the beach’s official name is “La’aloa,” which translates as “Very Sacred.” The beach earned the names “magic” and “disappearing” because on occasion all of the sand will wash out to sea, leaving only black lava rock in place. Within weeks, or sometimes days, the fine white sand returns.
It is known for having a good shore break for advanced boogie boarders. It is also known for having some of the finest sand on island, although the beach is fairly small.