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Talk Story – What is Magic Island?

Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park… A commonly asked question is, “What is it?” and “Why that name?”

Magic Island came into being during the early 1960’s when the east side of the park was closed and a landfill project added a 30-acre peninsula that jutted out into the ocean. It was supposed to have been the home for a new resort area that would have included two more islands. That development did not happen, however, and eventually, the whole area became a public park. In 1972, the local name of Magic Island was officially changed to Aina Moana Park, which means land from the sea, but many still call it by its original name. The island is known for its fireworks displays, the adjacent Ala Wai boat harbor, Kewalo Basin park and boat harbor, great surfing, and sandy beaches, and is a favorite to those who live nearby.

Kakaako is a prime location between Honolulu and Waikiki, drawing those who desire a high rise condominium lifestyle with views of Magic Island and the surrounding areas. Why drive? Very nearby is the Blaisdell concert hall and arena, major shopping, and of course, the ocean.

Talk Story with Jeanne E Buboltz, RB—A series of stories focusing on the history and lifestyles of Oahu. Hawaii is a special place and so are the people. Follow me as we discover the lifestyle best suited for you. Whether you are seeking a casual beach house, a downsized retirement home, a golf course fronted resort home-away-from-home, a grand residence with a superb view, or a high rise condominium, the choices available to you through Hawaii Life Real Estate’s services are many.

I would love to hear your memories of Oahu perhaps of the Territorial Days, as I too experienced growing up out Koko Head way.

Contact me for additional information and an appointment to discuss the fine properties now for sale in the area of Magic Island. Aloha!

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Diane Chavez

October 5, 2010

If you go out to the end of Magic Island you should be able to see the Friday night sail boat races heading out of the Ala Wai.
At around 7:00pm there is usually a great fireworks show off the Hilton Rainbow tower also on Fridays.

Diane Chavez

October 5, 2010

If you go out to the end of Magic Island you should be able to see the Friday night sail boat races heading out of the Ala Wai.
At around 7:00pm there is usually a great fireworks show off the Hilton Rainbow tower also on Fridays.

Justin - Head Web Head

October 6, 2010

Great post. You have a lot of insight being around since the Territorial Days! I can’t wait to learn more about Oahu.

Justin - Head Web Head

October 6, 2010

Great post. You have a lot of insight being around since the Territorial Days! I can’t wait to learn more about Oahu.

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