Top 10 Reasons Why Ala Moana Beach Park is a Local Favorite – Honolulu, Oahu

Ala Moana Beach Park is, by far, Honolulu’s most popular local beach and park destination. Honolulu residents enjoy this beautiful park from morning to sunset. Ala Moana Beach Park is a place to relax, exercise, and to reconnect with friends and family. The beautiful surroundings are a draw for residents who visit the park throughout the day. While this beach park is only a few minutes away from world recognized Waikiki Beach, the two beaches are quite different. Waikiki Beach is adored by constant flow of new visitors who come to Oahu from all over the world. Ala Moana Beach Park, on the other hand, is more of a local hangout right in the heart of Honolulu. Many of the same people come to the beach park on a regular basis. On any day, you can find area residents enjoying the calm water and the park space that surrounds the beach. With plenty of parking, restrooms, showers, and even a snack bar, Ala Moana Beach Park is as convenient, as it is beautiful.

Ala Moana Beach Park

Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island.

Ala Moana Beach Park – Top 10 Reasons to Visit!

1. The Beach

Ala Moana golden sand beach is over a half mile long. Since it is a fairly large and wide beach, there is plenty of space for everyone. It is rarely crowded so residents can truly relax in the sun. Most of the sand at Ala Moana Beach is soft and soothing. There are a few spots where coral is present, but it’s easy to avoid these areas.

Ala Moana Beach

Ala Moana Beach with a view of Waikiki and Diamond Head.

2. The Park

Ala Moana Beach Park sits on of 100 acres of land, which includes the beach. The park includes a variety of plants, trees, large grassy areas, and a natural lagoon. Beautiful trees run along the paths and provide shade and natural beauty, while the grassy areas are perfect for play areas, and gatherings. The size of the park offers plenty of privacy, despite the fact that it is located right in the busiest part of Honolulu.

A man-made peninsula that extends out to the ocean, is called Magic Island. It is also part of Ala Moana Park. Magic Island is a great places to catch views of Waikiki, Diamond Head, and Ala Wai Harbor. It is also a beautiful area for a relaxing stroll along the ocean.

Grass in park

Ala Moana Beach park has open and shaded areas, with many varieties of plants throughout the park.

3. The Location – Check out the VIDEO

One of the best parts of Ala Moana Beach Park is its location. It is the most convenient park on Oahu, and it happens to be in most popular areas of Honolulu, the Ala Moana and Kakaako neighborhoods. Thousands of residents who live close to the park, can easily make their way to the beach without having to drive, or at least drive far. Having this beautiful park right in the city is really a treat for so many. The actual location is in between Kewalo Harbor in Kakaako, and the Ala Wai Canal in Waikiki.


With the addition of new condos at Ward Village in Kakako, and the new Park Lane Ala Moana which is directly across from the park, this beach park will become a favorite for many more. The location and popularity of the park is a big pull for people who are considering moving closer into the heart of the city. Desiring a more convenient location, buildings like Waiea, Anaha, Waihonua, Hokua, ‘A’ali’i, to name a few, are extremely popular with residents looking for new condos in Honolulu. These condo buildings not only provide the updated, new, and luxury living many desire, but also the incredible lifestyle that comes with living in this part of Honolulu. Ala Moana Beach Park is a piece of this puzzle and a huge benefit to the residents living near by.


Ala Moana Beach with Kakaako and Ward Village condos in the background.

4. Miles of Running/Walking Trails

The paved sidewalk around Ala Moana Beach Park is about 2.75 miles with additional paths that run across the park in several locations. Guests of the park enjoy these trails on a daily basis. At all times of the day, you can spot people running and walking all over the park. The paths are also wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible so that they can be enjoyed by all. The scenery around the park is beautiful and different at all locations. In one visit, park guests can see the ocean, watch sailboats leave the Ala Wai Marina, and enjoy the mature tropical vegetation that’s covers the entire 100 acres of the park. Treadmill running will never be the same after a walk/run at Ala Moana Beach Park.

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Trail around Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park, with view of Ala Wai Harbor and Waikiki.

5.  Fabulous for Swimming

Since the natural coral reef stretches from the tip of Magic Island on one side, to the end of the park on the other end, the area between the reef and the beach is a natural lagoon. The lagoon is a fabulous spot for distance swimming, or just a fun time relaxing in the ocean. It’s deep in some areas for more advanced swimmers, who desire to do close to half mile laps in the ocean, and very shallow by the beach for those who just want to play in the water. The reef breaks the surf, so the water inside the lagoon remains calm 99.9% of the time.


Ala Moana Beach Park is great for swimming, whether it’s for fun or as part of an exercise program.

6. Calm Water for Paddle Boarding

The natural lagoon at Ala Moana Beach is also a perfect spot for paddle boarding. The length of the lagoon allows for a leisurely paddle, or a good workout for more experienced paddlers. Just as with swimming, it’s easier to paddle without the big ocean swell. Since the reef breaks much of the surf, paddle boarding inside the lagoon is very enjoyable. The water is calm. On any day, there are multiple people paddle boarding across the lagoon. It’s a good spot for learning how to paddleboard, and with plenty of parking by the beach, getting the board to and from the water is easy. There showers at different spots to help wash the salt water off too.

Paddle Boards

Ala Moana Beach Park is one of the best spots for paddle boarding in Honolulu.

7. Surfing In The City

In how many places in the world can one go surfing in the morning and still make it to work on time? The list is small. Fortunately for us here in Honolulu, we are lucky enough to be on that list of places where surfing can be easily incorporated into a daily routine. The surf just outside the reef in ocean waters outside of the Ala Moana Beach lagoon is a popular surfing spot. Just be careful — the coral is sharp. Knowing where to go in, so you can avoid getting cut is key. It’s best to get local advice from a veteran surfer.

Surfing girl

A popular surfing spot in waters off of Ala Moana Beach Park.

8. Ocean View Picnic Areas

Ala Moana Beach Park is definitely a favorite for picnics. Weekend and holidays are especially busy with families and friends gathering at the park to spend the whole day enjoying the weather, the ocean, good food, and great company.  Bringing supplies, beach chairs, tents, BBQs, coolers, and tables, is easy. With all the space that Ala Moana Park offers, everyone can set up their picnic area, and have a great spot for the day. Ala Moana Beach Park is a gathering place for residents from all of Honolulu and surrounding areas. It’s a beautiful area!


Picnics at Ala Moana Park are a local favorite tradition.

9. Paved Bike Trails

Owning a bike in the core of Honolulu is not a necessity. With Biki Bike rentals, it’s easy to go for a bike ride.  Visiting Ala Moana Beach Park on a bicycle is a relaxing experience. Paved trails that loop around and crisscross the park, allow bicycle riders an opportunity to have an enjoyable by the ocean. The canopies of large trees provide shade and a visually pleasing bicycling experience.

Bike Ride

Ala Moana Beach Park is a great place for a relaxing bike ride.

10. Public Tennis Courts

Tennis anyone? With multiple public courts, it’s easy to keep up with your tennis skills. Anyone can sign up for court time at no cost. The courts have good lighting for anyone who can’t play during the day, or simply chooses not to because it may be too hot outside. While a few of the Kakaako condos building have tennis courts, like the Hokua, the Anaha, or the Ko Olani, not everyone has that opportunity. Having access to public tennis courts, allows all Honolulu residents to practice and enjoy the game with free court time. This is yet another reason why people love living in this part of Honolulu. The convenience is unmatched.

Tennis courts

Public use tennis courts at Ala Moana Beach Park.

BONUS – Magical Sunsets

Ahhhh… I can’t end this list without mentioning the amazing sunsets that can be seen from Ala Moana Beach Park on a regular basis. Staying at the park long enough to watch the sunset, is a magical experience. Our Hawaiian sunsets are breathtaking!


The sunsets at Ala Moana Beach Park are often mesmerizing.

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Kinga Mills

Kinga Mills is a REALTOR Associate, Luxury Portfolio Affiliate, Military Relocation Professional with Hawai'i Life. I adore Hawaii, its people, and the natural beauty that surrounds me. I live on Oahu. It's a pretty incredible place to call home. There is a little bit of everything here. From pristine beaches and quiet neighborhoods to the trendiest of restaurants in the urban Honolulu. I simply love Oahu and the variety it offers. My real estate career allows me to enjoy the Island life, and to work with some amazing people. With over a decade of experience and hundreds of closed sales, I provide my clients with expert buying and selling advice. My goal for clients is to enjoy the process, while my team and I handle the details. As a member of the Hawaii Life Military Specialized Team, I regularly provide real estate assistance to active-duty military personnel who are PCSing to Hawaii, to the mainland, or overseas. For the Luxury Real Real Estate buyers and sellers, I am affiliated with Luxury Portfolio International and Forbes Global Properties. These exclusive affiliations extend an even greater reach, exposure, and effectiveness within the global luxury marketplace. In my time off, I love walking along the beach, enjoying meals out on the town, and taking family vacations. Sign up for my Oahu Hawaii Life blog updates and follow my journey. You can also find me on HGTV "Hawaii Life" Season 14. I look forward to helping in making your Hawaii Life real estate dreams happen! You can email me at or via phone at (808) 722-3985.

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March 8, 2018

Love every thing you said! It is really best if the Honolulu government has the vision to get the AlaMoana Beach Park rehab done ASAP!
It will be more 10X benefits for the investment to make it a world class location! What do you think and what do they think?

Kinga Mills

March 9, 2018

Hello Allan. I agree with you on the need to take care of the park more. There is work being done on the park right now. The irrigation was installed, the trees are being looked after. Two new sand volleyball courts are in, and some other things as well. I know the plan is to do more work on it. I’m not sure what plans are finalized, but I think the park will look even more beautiful than it already is fairly soon. It’s amazing and it is so popular.

Gabe Venturelli

January 7, 2021

Missing Ala Moana right now. Looking forward to easier travel in the near future !?!
Thank for sharing Kinga!

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