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Waikiki Beach

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Waikiki Beach, Cape Disappointment (bobcat)


Waikiki Beach is a small cove below the rugged headland of Cape Disappointment. This is considered the spot where Captain Clark actually reached the Pacific Ocean on November 18th, 1805. A boardwalk which illustrates Lewis & Clark's journey to the Pacific with entries from their journals, part of the Confluence Project, leads here.

The beach itself has a small, safe break and is popular with beginning surfers. However, the beach is named "Waikiki" not because of its attraction for surfers but because a Hawaiian sailor's body washed up here after his ship was wrecked attempting to cross the Columbia River Bar in 1811.

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