Magic Sands – Big Island, Hawaiʻi

There’s a small beach park here in Kona called Magic Sands Beach Park. The ocean frontage is only about 100 yards, but it sees a lot of use. Here’s an overhead shot of it from Google Earth.

The hotel next to it is named for the park, not the other way around. 

So, why is it called Magic Sands? Because depending on the wave action, the beach can disappear. For instance, we moved here last June and for six months, the site was a popular spot to body surf, the gently sloping sand providing optimal conditions to get battered around by the breakers rolling ashore.

Then, in January of this year, we had a few storms come in from the West and . . . 

Not as friendly for body surfing. I mean, people still body-surfed but took care to do so farther out from shore. 

By the way, all of the photos are taken using the Nikon P900. I won’t put all of them in the body of the post, but there is a SmugMug gallery HERE as well as a gallery at the end of this post. As usual, one can click on the photos to see larger versions. 

Anyway, we were assured the beach would eventually come back. It was a slow process . . . 

March 16, 2017

March 23, 2017

There was enough sloping sand for people to now bodysurf a bit closer to shore. It looks nuts to me, but it also looks like fun.

Oh, yeah . . . here’s a video . . . or four. . . 

You can see the waves bringing in the sand. It also looks like they take some sand back out, but obviously, they deposited more than they took away. 

I say that because just two days later. . . 

March 25, 2017

. . . even more of the beach was back. And yes, as they do every single day, people were body surfing. And, yes, it still looked like a veritable mess . . .  

As this video shows, these are relatively calm waters . . . 

April 12, 2017

A bit more sand . . . 

. . . and just a few days later (with weird skies and light) . . . 

April 14, 2017

And, a few days after that . . . 

April 19, 2017

Them with a decent bandwidth can click HERE to see the 11MB full-size panorama. Notice that stitching a number of photos together can result in people disappearing from the composite. 

May 19, 2017

Forward one month and you get little change. A bit more sand, a few less rocks visible beneath it. 

Again, them with decent Internet speeds might be interested in the full-size panorama HERE (10MB).

May 26, 2017

A week later gave a good show . . . 

As you can see, lots of sand back in . . . and decent waves to boot. You can see how much sand is being moved around.

Also, you can see the power of the rollers . . . 

Here are a few more stills . . . 

I have to believe the sand is getting into what I would consider unwelcome places. But, people seem to enjoy being rolled around. 

June 3, 2017

And a week after that . . . Whiskey Tango Foxtrot happened to the sand?

Again, if you have a decent Internet connection and are interested in the full-size panorama, click HERE (10MB).

Now, you might think . . . “Uh-oh; another five months before the beach returns!”

June 12, 2017

Today — or, yesterday, depending on when this post goes up — the sand was back with a vengeance . . .

Click HERE for the full-size version of the above panorama (5MB)

Click HERE for the full-size version of the above panorama (4MB)

Click HERE for the full-size version of the above panorama (6MB)

The sea was calmer, so the sand might hang around for a while . . . 

And that’s the Magic Sands Beach Park.

For them who prefer a gallery . . . 

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16 Responses to Magic Sands – Big Island, Hawaiʻi

  1. sandra getgood says:

    That’s really amazing!


    • disperser says:

      I was surprised when it came back in a mere 9 days, especially since we’ve not had much in the way of waves in this last week (didn’t even see a single surfer out where there are usually at least a few).


  2. AnnMarie says:

    It seems a tourist staying at the hotel would need luck to choose a date when the sand’s there! But it made for an interesting assignment for you to go and record the changes.


    • disperser says:

      There is a portion of the beach that is always there (past the rocks) and the attraction — as far as I can tell — is the body surfing because of the gentle slope. They can still body-surf even with the beach gone; they just have to do it a bit farther off-shore.


  3. oneowner says:

    I love the idea of body surfing as long as it doesn’t involve me doing the surfing.


    • disperser says:

      It is fun to watch and it infuses one with the desire to go out there . . . a desire I beat down, stomp on, and cut into small pieces before burying it in a shallow grave far from shore.


  4. I love how you documented the magic sand in videos and photos! So wild, so cool, and so beautiful! :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)


  5. The photo’s got pretty boring same ol’ sme ol’ but I must admit I like Hawai’i and wouldn’t mind going there once more


    • disperser says:

      What!? You mean I wasn’t able to convey the dynamic tension of the seemingly sentient sand going for a walkabout and returning all grown up and stuff?

      Oh, well . . . some people don’t have the stomach for this sort of thing and I realize I can’t please everyone.


  6. seekraz says:

    Kinda crazy….


  7. colonialist says:

    That is truly amazing, and the record of the changes is fantastic.
    I can’t help being amused by the way you have sand and then not, when taken in conjunction with my local knowledge that what we say as Kona (khona) in Zulu means here, and Hai (hhai) Kona means ‘not here’.


    • disperser says:

      Hmm . . . I’ll have to find out what Kona means in Hawaiʻian . . . wait . . . it means his or her, at least to this one dictionary.

      I’ll have to ask an actual Hawaiʻian to confirm.


    • disperser says:

      I also found this:

      Given Name KONA
      GENDER: Feminine & Masculine
      USAGE: Hawaiian
      CONTRIBUTOR: anonymous on 1/29/2013
      LAST EDITOR: Sofia on 4/17/2017 [revision history]
      Meaning & History
      Hawaiian name meaning Lady. Also a lovely village in Hawaii where Iron Man Hawaii is held. Many well known products are named after the village such as Kona Coffee and Kona mountain bikes.


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