Anywhere in the world, a glass beach is sought-after by tourists, dedicated beachcombers and artisans for its amazing offering of free sea glass. On Kauai, all guide books point travelers to the direction of Glass Beach located just about the busy industrial town of Port Allen in Ele’ele.
Glass Beach is so named for its treasures. Millions of sea glasses that were bits and pieces of shattered bottles dumped into the ocean, polished and tumbled by time, waves and sand.
Other than sea glass, the massive formation of rock and the lava shoreline are also the main attraction of Glass Beach. However, it is not a beach to swim in due to the sharp rocky cliff that surrounds the waters but it is perfect for a beach picnic or a lazy afternoon stroll.
From a distance, the beach looks flat and quite ordinary since it is actually hidden behind the big, old and rusty gasoline tanks. But two minutes into the spot and as the eyes get adjusted to other better elements around the beach, a tapestry of multicolored glasses is a very welcoming sight.
People start to gather tiny sea glasses of red, turquoise, blue, green, brown, white and orange and put them into jars. They glisten and make a beautiful art collection. It is almost an instinct for everybody there to bend forward and start gathering them just for the fun of it.
Gathering them, however, is the very reason why Glass Beach is starting to disappear and lose its natural beauty. Many of the sea glasses found now are grain-size and they are starting to look a lot like pebbles and sand. The colorful gem-like big ones have gone to the homes of travelers who once passed by Kauai’s Glass Beach.
At present, there is a law that allows a person to take up to a gallon of beach sand home per day. But since most of the beaches on Kauai are open and free to public, it is too hard to tell if buckets and buckets of sea glasses are being carried home for personal as well as business purposes.
Sea glass make excellent crafts and jewelries owing to their unique shapes, clear colors and textures. Though pricey, many women prefer real sea glass jeweries to artificial ones.
I visited Glass Beach four days ago and I myself took some pieces home with me. Six to be exact. A collection of brown, blue, aqua, green, white and yellow caught my fancy. They sparkle under the sun during the days and look perfectly frosted at nights. Quite a collection.
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