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Haleiwa is 8th-happiest seaside town

By Erika Engle


Chincoteague, Va. is the nation's happiest seaside town for 2014 according to readers and editors of Coastal Living magazine, but Haleiwa, on Oahu's north shore, was voted No. 8 among the top 10.

After Chincoteague is Captiva Island, Fla., Saugatuck, Mich. at No. 3, St. Augustine, Fla. and rounding out the top five, Provincetown, Mass.

St. Simons Island, Ga. ranked sixth followed by Watch Hill, R.I., No. 8, Haleiwa, followed by Scarborough, Maine, and at No. 10, Bolinas, Calif.

Magazine editors collected readers' nominations for dream towns, reviewed how the towns stack up in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and at various factors. Editors also considered each town's "coastal vibe."

Winning towns from the previous two years were not eligible for consideration this year.

Coverage will appear in the July/August issue of Coastal Living magazine and at CoastalLiving.com.

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loquaciousone wrote:
I bet whoever wrote this never had to drive through Haleiwa during surf season.
on June 12,2014 | 07:49AM
Morimoto wrote:
What exactly qualifies as a "seaside town"? How about Waimanalo, Ewa Beach, Waianae? Even Pearl City has Blaisdell Park? Maybe I can catch some crabs there and make crab cakes. I just hope I don't turn green after eating them.
on June 12,2014 | 12:15PM
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