Park is a playground that just about offers
something for everyone, including a half mile
beach strip stretch of white sand. Compared to many Oahu beaches,
Moana Hawaii offers acres of shady trees, picnic tables,
and a wide expanse of grass to play around in the park, including
club, 3 concession stands, and an additional half crescent
beach called Magic Island. And all of this is across the
from the famed open roof Ala
This Oahu beach has a true urban beach feel that is
beautiful, clean, and is a favorite among both locals and visitors! I personally have spent a good portion of my childhood surfing here, attending parties, and countless strolls through the park and along the beach.
The locals love it because it is centrally located and
accommodates large family and friend gatherings. I can’t tell
you how many barbecue outings I’ve participated in over the years at
Ala Moana Beach Park!
Beach neighbors popular Waikiki,
by the Ala Wai Canal which channels through a harbor and into the
Pacific Ocean. While Waikiki Beach is a
of Oahu beaches for visiting tourists, Ala
Moana Beach is considered a locals favorite.
It’s hard to believe, but this area, including much
of Waikiki was swampland before the Ala Wai Canal was developed back in
This canal channels the run off water from the mountains to the ocean, verses flooding the vicinity. As this area transformed into a park with a beach, it was renamed Ala Moana in 1947, which means "path to the sea", and has transformed into a beautiful 100 acre park with over a mile stretch of white sand.
Ala Moana is notorious for
it south town-side surf spots. You have to work a little to
reach the waves, which includes a 200
yard paddle to the reef, where
you will need to walk
yards across the raised reef, and
finally a 400 yard
paddle through the
surf impact zone to reach the
It’s usually quite rewarding to make the long paddle out to
lineup, because the waves tend to be some of the largest and cleanest
waves on the south side of Oahu.
The multiple surf breaks follow the park's grounds a mile down the beach with a good half dozen surf spots to choose from.
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This does not include the famous Ala
Moana Bowls and other surf spots, which are located just
the Ala Wai
Canal channel on the other side of the Magic Island strip.
This is an excellent park grounds to take a stroll or light jog. If you're in the mood to get a little exercise, enjoy it while taking in some of the best ocean views surrounding the Waikiki Beach skyline and Kewalo Basin!
You'll discover that the locals, at every chance they get, are not shy about taking advantage of their beautiful surroundings strolling in and around the Ala Moana Beach Park grounds.
And why not? It's a great place to catch up while going for a walk! Joggers are out in force, taking a light run around the park trails, many of whom just changed out of their work clothes and came out to enjoy the rest of the daylight hours.
You'll find a paved
path that winds around a
peninsula of grassy field that end with a half crescent moon beach call
Magic Island. Watch the sailboats
and canoe paddle clubs
out to sea.
Follow the path back around to the parking lot, and throughout the park's main shaded areas, and along the mile long beach seawall, which finally ends at the Kewalo Basin.
The mornings tend to be very peaceful, but I prefer taking a stroll in the afternoon when the sun is setting. The sunset lighting is beautiful during this time and makes the stroll much more magical!
Take advantage of renting Biki Bikes. It only cost $3.50 a ride. Cruise around the beach park, and maybe even go as far as Aloha Tower Market Place and back to Waikiki.
Have you ever seen a picture of someone doing a beautiful yoga pose on a paddle board? Now you can experience it for yourself. There is a beautiful feeling performing yoga on the water!
No paddle board experience necessary. Most yoga poses practiced are sitting, kneeling, and lying down.
Just about any of the western and northern facing Oahu Beaches capture spectacular sunsets.
But there are only a few beaches on Oahu, including Ala Moana Beach Park that deserve recognition for having a special setting that is perfect for watching the Hawaiian sun melt into the horizon.
Sunset hour at Ala Moana is a bewitching hour. It is a great time to find a spot on the endless stretch of sand.
I prefer grabbing a spot somewhere on the edge of the Bermuda grass that runs off onto the beach.
Another spectacular viewing spot is located further up the peninsula on the right side of Magic Island, where you can sit on the paved pathway and dangle your feet over the sea wall, watching the waves roll into the rocks or the surfers ride into the sunset.
If sitting around is not your idea of enjoying a sunset, then you might want to pick yourself up for a sunset stroll. You’ll be mesmerized as you walk along the path, and watch the changing colors taking place around you!
Are you a recreational swimmer looking to get some exercise on your vacation? How about swimming some laps in a natural ocean swimming pool?
couldn’t provide more protected calm conditions to swim in.
One lap might take you awhile, since it’s about a mile swim to one end.
Ala Moana Beach offers a very friendly and accommodating environment for the keikis (kids).
Sandy beaches, calm ocean water, multiple food concession stands and restroom facilities, and plenty of shade to lay under in the grassy areas, has families headed to this Oahu for kids beach park.
The long sandy strip and the Magic Island's half moon crescent beach offers inviting calm waters to play in.
There are no
immediate drop offs as you enter the water, but it is important to note
that the depth progressively gets deeper the further you wander
in. Adult supervision is still needed in what will seem like
a very safe environment.
It's not uncommon to see kids jumping off the sea wall, and climbing back up only to repeat it multiple times.
Ala Moana Beach Park is
all types of the following
Beach is easy to find and very quick to get to from
Beach. It is centrally located across the street
from the Ala
Moana Shopping Center.
If your family is like mine, this bodes well to accommodate everyone. Mommy watches the kids at the beach while I get some surfing time.
When I’ve had my fill, I relieve Mommy
from the keikis so she can go do her own sport across the street –
shopping at Ala Moana Mall … Everybody’s happy!
The Waikiki Trolley visits many Honolulu Attractions including the Ala Moana Beach Park. There are 4 different routes to explore including: Scenic Tour, Historic Tour, Shopping Tour, and the Island Tour. The Purple Line will get you there.
Tickets start around $9 for a child day pass, and go up to $25 - $49 for an Adult 7 day pass.
Driving from Waikiki, follow Kalakaua Avenue northbound out of
Make a left turn onto Ala Moana Blvd
Continue until you drive over the Ala Wai Canal (Ala Wai Blvd).
Turn left into the park when you reach Ala Moana Park Dr.
Once in the park, you will have the choice of parking in the Magic Island parking lot or find a spot somewhere along the mile stretch of beach.
Taking the Oahu Bus to Ala Moana Beach Park is easy and highly recommended. Simply take the number 8 or 20 Oahu Bus from Kuhio Ave traveling northbound (away from Diamond Head).
These buses pass through about every 5 to 10 minutes. Get off once you arrive at Ala Moana Mall. Cross the street and enter into the park.
It will take you about 300 yards to reach the beach.
might want to consider taking a car if you have lots of beach gear to
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While this local Oahu beach neighbors Waikiki,
there also happens to be a couple big shopping centers located just
across the street, including the new upcoming Kaka'ako area.
Not just another shopping center, but
destination in and of itself. The Ala Moana Mall has close to
shops and restaurants -
from Louis Vuitton and Fendi to the Flip Flop shops. Discover the
new Ewa Wing featuring 65 more shops & restaurants!
The open-air 4-level structure hosts a slew of shops that are unique to
Hawaii, including a signature Mai Tai Bar at the top.
If you’re in the mood to explore a
neat collection of boutique shops, and maybe grab a bite to eat after
the beach, then head over to the Ward Centre and surrounding shops. Simply travel out of the park on the north end, and cross the street,
which will turn into Kamakee St. Make your first left onto
Auahi St, and then try to decide where you want to go first.
Barbecue has made
on Hawaii, with their ono plate lunch comfort foods. Popular
choices include BBQ Chicken, Teriyaki Beef, Kalbi Ribs, and Loco Moco...
OPEN NOW - L&L BBQ
has taken over two of the Ala Moana Concession
Stands. Stop by and celebrate with a plate lunch in hand!