(A preface: I am NOT asking about anything that requires off-road access. Not only do I have no interest personally, but that topic has been well tread on this forum.)
Like most first or second-time visitors to the island, my beach/shore experience has been pretty much concentrated around the usual stops of Hapuna/Mauna Kea, A-Bay, Kahalu'u and Two Step. I will undoubtedly go back to them on this trip, because they are great.
However, I know that there are several other beaches on the western side of the island, and I am curious which (if any) do folks recommend for someone looking for a nice, relaxing day at the beach (ie sunbathing and splashing around in the water a bit)? I'm looking for someplace with parking, restrooms, minimal hiking and a welcome (or not actively hostile) attitude toward tourists (at least during the week).
Thanks for any suggestions.