Surprisingly, Molokai, the second smallest island in the Hawaiian chain, isn't rich with white sand beaches. The island is only about 1.8 million years old and the young coast is often black lava rock, gray sand, or simply inaccessible. Kumimi Point (pictured), though, is the unequivocal jewel. It is tiny (just a few hundred yards long [180 meters]), but it has flawless yellow-white sand, lies just off the road, and offers the island's best snorkeling. The west side of the island does boast Hawaii's longest white-sand beach, but three-mile (five-kilometer) Papohaku is less protected and the water generally rougher.
—West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro
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