Oahu’s North Shore, also Seek Spot Oahu’s headquarters, saw an epic swell pass through in late January—the peak of the swell landing on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Days upon days of booming waves and record-breaking wave speeds and heights shook the shores of the Seven-mile miracle. Some beaches got total makeovers while history was uncovered—literally—at others.
The stairs leading down to the beach at Ke Iki took quite a beating.
What was once many yards of sandy beach and trees at Ke Iki became more of a marsh after the big waves receded.
The area between Ke Iki and Rockpiles, known commonly as Log Cabins, was a vast stretch of sand that was ideal for beach walks and putting up tents to make a day of it under the sun. The heavy swell sucked away all the sand and showed us all what we had really been walking on… massive rocks and reef from another era!
On a low tide, the newly exposed shelf has many ancient petroglyphs visible. These kinds of rock carvings can be found around the world and are the art and story-telling of prehistoric or ancient peoples. Hawaiian petroglyphs are called ki‘i pohaku.
To learn more about North Shore beaches, check out Seek Spot’s North Shore area guide.