Is Kauai's Glass Beach as colourful as I imagined?
Prized by artists and jewelry markers, beautiful beach glass also makes for a wonderful travel quest and souvenir. I've collected tiny pieces of it from all over the world, so when I heard about a remote beach on the Hawaiian island of Kauai that was absolutely covered in beach glass, I knew I had to see it for myself.
But with some careful combing, we did find plenty of tiny aqua and turquoise pebbles, a fair amount of cobalt blue and citron and - most precious of all - two tiny specks of true orange and a pea sized piece of rare ruby red. We also found some shards of porcelain, one of which contained faint traces of Japanese writing. (Can you take home what you find on Glass Beach? I'm not sure! There's no posted notices asking visitors not to remove glass, but I've read in some guidebooks that you're supposed to leave your finds for others to enjoy. In light of all this, I won't tell you what we did with our finds the end!)
I'll admit, I'm no fan of seals. Growing up in Nova Scotia, these giant beasts would routinely show up in my backyard each winter as they moved inland from the frozen waters seeking something fresher inland. I'm convinced they were out to get me and it was with this in mind that Ryan gleefully told me that I was sharing the beach with my Number Two Enemy.
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Our visit to Kauai was sponsored in part by Go Hawaii and we thank them for their support. As always, our writing, research, and opinions are all our own.