Back in 2009, I saw a post on Jaunted that depicted Kauai’s Glass Beach in a way it hadn’t appeared in years – completely covered with beautiful multi-colored smooth glass. That used to be the case until about ten years ago. I remember in days gone by people regularly came with five gallon buckets to collect glass for use in their yards. In the years since it was dumped nearby and broken and rounded by the ocean, the glass has diminished greatly.
I wrote “Sorry Jaunted, this is the real Glass Beach,” which became one of our reader favorites. I hadn’t stopped by Glass Beach until last week, when I decided to have another look. Here’s what I found: GLASS.
The beach, as seen in the lead photo above, is mostly black sand. The amount of glass is very limited in comparison to years past. It varies with ocean conditions, since there was slightly more glass here than I found two years ago.
If you have the time and interest, however, it is possible to stop by to see or pick up a bit of beautiful colored glass. I focused on my favorite colors, being now rare blue, and the less rare green. My favorite, red, was virtually non-existent and was the most difficult to find. The common colors are clear/white and brown. The glass in my hand took about ten minutes to gather. If you want to stop by, check my earlier post which includes directions. If you can’t make it there, you can also find Hawaii sea glass being sold on EBay.
Another fun thing to do nearby Glass Beach is to hike along the ocean and a shoreline trail to a dark sand beach called, Wahi-awa. We’ll cover this hike in another post.
If you have been to Glass Beach, how much of the “sparkling litter” did you find?
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