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Banzai Beach on North Shore

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Banzai Beach on North Shore - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama taken from Banzai Beach, one of the most popular surfing points on the North Shore of Hawaii. This picture was taken in spring on a day when the surf was not so high, so there were not many people here.

Banzai Beach on North Shore - FURTHER INFORMATION

Banzai Beach on North Shore - Oahu visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Banzai Beach on North Shore' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Hawaii.

Banzai Beach on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii is probably best known for the Banzai Pipeline formed by waves breaking on the reef off Ehukai Beach Park. The beach lies at the southern end of Ehukai Beach Park, between Shark's Cove and Sunset Beach.

The Banzai Pipeline was so named in 1961 by Bruce Brown who was filming Phil Edwards surfing off the shore and shouted 'Banzai' as Edwards set off down the face of a large wave. The Pipeline is formed by surf breaking in a dramatic curling fashion against the edge of the reef. The waves curl over forming a hollow tube of moving for a time large enough for a surfer to surf through. It is also referred to simply as the 'Pipe'. Surf at the Banzai Pipeline can be deadly, killing at least one person every couple of years.

Banzai Beach starts just north of Kalalua Point. From here sandy beaches stretch north along the shore all the way to Kawela Bay. These are divided up into Sunset Beach, Sunset Point Beach, Kaunala Beach, Waialee Beach Park and Pahipahialua Beach respectively.


Banzai Beach is about 9 miles from Haleiwa (10 miles from Wailua) and 36 miles from Honolulu.

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