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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