Beaches, of all places on the planet, brim with hidden possibilities. They are worlds of respite, the launching grounds for great adventures; they are nurseries, the homes of legions of marine creatures and the neutral zone between the entropy of the land and the sensuality of the sea. Beaches are blessings. They shimmer with endless opportunity, renewed daily with the cleansing tide. Picking the best beaches on any of the Hawaiian Islands is a lovely but complex burden. Sand, sun, people, surf, access, privacy -- each has its own appeal. In the end, we chose these for their vibe -- one that resonates deep into the heart of Hawaii. They are places where the footprints of past kings mingle with our present-day trails, places you can claim as your own and whisper about as you pass the secret information to your friends and neighbors. Take a look at Hawaii's best beaches.