On Day 9 of our Summer Adventure, we travel to the last of the "hotel beaches," Polo Beach, which sits in front of the beautiful Kea Lani Hotel. It is a very small beach; and these days it would appear, covered in beach chairs. This used to be one of my favorite beaches, because it is super easy to locate, has an excellent parking facility and I loved the long park as you walk into the beach. I used to take my kids here for family pictures all the time. An old tree in the park is a favorite posing location for me, also. It brings back memories that go way back to my oldest son, who is grown and gone from home now. I have pictures of them with visiting family members on this beach. We've spotted several celebrities who were hanging out in the bungalos of the Kea Lani. This beach has been part of our history. The park is always quiet; and if you want to have a picnic lunch, it is a nice quiet place. The view of the beach is blocked though, from the park, by the high retaining walls built by the two properties that border this beach access. Steps have been built that lead down to the beach, and great rock formations are right there, making lovely places to stop and take some family pictures.
On this day, I was dismayed to see the beach overrun by beach chairs, like a giant traffic jam in the middle of a downtown freeway. It was such an odd site, and it didn't used to be this way. So it brings up a standing joke in our family about Polo Beach. Polo Beach is disappearing and one day it will be gone. It's not true, but our family loves to laugh about how every time we go down to Polo Beach we think, wasn't this beach bigger the last time we were here. Then every time we go to the beach, usually Kam III though, we come back, stick the kids in the tub and tons of sand settles in the bottom of the tub. Then we laugh hysterically and say, "yup, I told you! This is why Polo Beach is shrinking!" It's just the changing tides, I'm sure, that make Polo Beach look smaller at different times of the year, but this beach is tiny. All this said, it is still dear to my heart, reminds me of my children's growing up years, and always will be a favorite beach of mine. If you'd love to have me document some family pictures of your own, just call me up. I'll meet you down there.