Sure, we’ve been to some of the best beach destinations in the world – Bali, Bora Bora, Greece – but Hawaii’s beaches have our hearts.

Hideaways Beach on the north side of Kauai

Hideaways Beach on the north side of Kauai

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nnOur favorite beach on Kauai is Hideaways Beach, located on the north side of the island. Although not easy to get to, this small stretch of sand rewards you with very few people and stunning views. It’s worth navigating the frayed ropes and rusty handrails that show you the way down to the sand.

Maluaka Beach on Maui

Maluaka Beach on Maui

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nEach visit we make to Maui blows our minds, but Maluaka Beach, on the Wailea coast, is probably our top pick (so far!). During a visit last year, we spent an entire morning kayaking around the bay searching for turtles. We then spent the afternoon, toes in sand, recollecting our many turtle sightings and taking in the view of Molokini Island Preserve in the distance.

Hulopoe Beach on Lanai

Hulopoe Beach on Lanai

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nnA short ferry ride from Maui, Lanai is a place we’ve quickly grown to love. One of our very best travel memories is lingering over delicious breakfasts, watching the spinner dolphins at play near Hulopoe. Pack a lunch and hang out on the sand all day or, better yet, jump in the tranquil bay for your favorite water activity. During our last visit, we took a stand-up paddleboarding lesson and were able to get as close as legally possible to the whales.

Waikiki Beach on Oahu

Waikiki Beach on Oahu

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nnThis is where we go big and traditional. Early in the morning, this huge beach feels local, with residents plunging in the water for surfing and swimming. Not until sleep-til-noon vacationers wake up does it begin to feel like a tourist mecca. The view of Diamond Head off in the distance never gets old. This isn’t a get-away-from-it-all beach, it’s one you accept – and learn to adore – for what it is.n

Hapuna Beach on Hawaii Island

Hapuna Beach on Hawaii Island

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nnMeasuring in at nearly a half-mile long, this beach is a haven for swimming and snorkeling when the waves and rip currents aren’t too intense. Those looking for plenty of parking, picnic areas and restrooms will want to put Hapuna at the top of the list.

Papohaku Beach on Molokai

Papohaku Beach on Molokai

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nnThis is our dream entry. While we haven’t yet visited Molokai, we’ll be sure to visit Papohaku Beach when we do. Our most trusted source promises miles of white sand. We’re in! Photo by Patrick McNally via Flickr, Creative Commonsnn

Where are your favorite beaches in Hawaii? Tell us in the comments!