Don’t have a beach? No problem. All it takes is a couple thousand tons of imported sand. In exchange for public beach access, the developers of Ko Olina were allowed to carve out four kidney-shaped lagoons from the coastline and line them with soft white sand.
Amidst the often scruffy feel of Leeward Oʻahu, this relentlessly upscale planned enclave is a real departure. Disney’s Aulani resort with its laser focus on families has made quite a splash here. The entire resort area is set to keep growing; an 800-room Atlantis all-inclusive resort is planned.