Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki tops 2014 beach ranking

AP News
Posted: May 22, 2014 3:59 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — A tourist-friendly beach named for a Hawaii surfing legend has been dubbed the best U.S. public beach in this year's ranking by Dr. Beach.

Duke Kahanamoku Beach, a well-groomed crescent of blond sand and palm trees by the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, beat out more than 600 other beaches for the distinction.

Stephen Leatherman is the Florida International University coastal science professor who goes by the nickname Dr. Beach. He says the cleanliness, safe conditions, amenities and beautiful views at Duke Kahanamoku Beach pushed it to the top of his 24th annual list.

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The Honolulu beach is the fourth on Oahu and 13th overall in Hawaii to take top honors. This year's top 10 also includes beaches in Florida, North Carolina, Massachusetts, South Carolina and elsewhere in Hawaii.