July 5, 2015

1719 UNITED STATES (Hawaii) - Lanikai Beach on the coast of Oahu

Lanikai Beach is located in Lanikai, meaning "heavenly sea", on the windward coast of Oahu (the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, and home to the state capital, Honolulu). This small 1/2 mile beach has been consistently ranked among the best beaches in the world. It is also a popular spot for photo shoots as renowned models and photographers frequent the place on nice days. What makes Lanikai Beach popular for photographers is having the two islands in the background called the Nā Mokulua. Due to its position on the east side of the island, Lanikai is a great place to watch the moonrise over the Mokuluas, especially during the full moon.

Nā Mokulua (meaning, in Hawaiian, "the two islands"), commonly known as The Mokes or the Twin Islands, are part of the Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary. The larger island (on the left when looking from Lanikai) is Moku Nui and the smaller, Moku Iki. Locals surf the breaks on both sides of Moku Nui and spearfish alongside tiger sharks where they are known to hangout on the ocean side drop off. Kayak tours to the islands are very popular but laws prohibit deliveries to Kailua or Lanikai Beach. Occasionally during the year the sun will rise directly between the Na Mokulua islands.

About the stamps

The first stamp, issued on July 4, 2007, depicts Banner 10K AVR - Presorted Standard (10 cent value).

The second stamp, depicting Spicebush Swallowtail, is part of a definitive series with butterflies, about which I wrote here. The third stamp is part of the series Building a Nation, about which I wrote here.

Lanikai Beach - Wikipedia
Na Mokulua - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise 
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 04.02.2014
Photo: Ann Cecil

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