Magic Island
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Virginia37,879 contributions
Mar 2022
Did you know Magic Island was supposed to be a resort hotel but plans fell through and the hotel was never built? Instead, the land was converted to a public park. Its true name is Aina Moana Park which translates to “land from the sea”. It is now a manmade peninsula at the east end of the Ala Moana Beach Park. There is a small, rocky beach located here, but it did not seem to be as popular as the one at Ala Moana Beach. Picnic tables, benches, and trees make it ideal for all. We saw two wedding while we were there. Magic Island has its own entrance but can be accessed from a pathway on Ala Moana Beach Park. Both Magic Island and Ala Moana Park are a refuge in the center of Honolulu.
Written May 12, 2022
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GuruAvtar K
4 contributions
Jan 2020
This beach is great for smaller kids and families as it is calmer waters than most other beaches around. The water is shallow for a ways and it isn't packed with tourists. We rented snorkel gear and got to see some fish and a few corals. The snorkeling was only ok, but it only cost $10 for the snorkel gear rental so no big deal. Great place to check out and hang for the day.
Written January 21, 2020
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JMD
7 contributions
Dec 2021
Very nice night beach park to have your picnic. Away from Waikiki enough to see the stars out. An organization gathered there for a meeting, people were walking for exercise, fishermen were in and out of the ocean. More of a local feel.
Written January 24, 2022
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Jeanne J
Bellevue, Washington, USA393 contributions
Oct 2021
On Monday this was a quiet spot with only a few visitors. Breakwaters keep the water calm so good for families with young children. Lots of parking in Ala Moana Park. The “island” is a peninsula at the end of the park. A few homeless to pass on the way. Restrooms. One snack shack in Ala Moana Park.
Written October 26, 2021
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Saskalta
Lloydminster, Canada66 contributions
Jan 2020
We basically used Segways to tour all of Magic Island. Received some interesting details about the area from our guide.

It is very popular with locals, so obviously it must be a "go to" place.
We will definitely make a stop here as a priority during the rest of our stay.
Locals bbq on site, but tourists likely would not have those resources, but it is a great place to visit, relax, enjoy the water & sun, and to just veg..

It is on the Ala Moana end of Waikiki.. so for us staying at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki, we need to make a destination.. which we will in the future.

Lots of nice walking trails and grass..
Written January 21, 2020
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attony
Hawley, PA116 contributions
Dec 2019
We were in Honolulu for a day on our way from Maui to New Zealand and wanted to go to the beach but did NOT want to go to Waikiki. There is an artificial lagoon at the end of this park that has a lovely sand beach and a nice lagoon for swimming. It was also a great place to watch the sun go down over the ocean. Our Uber driver said the park is mostly used by locals, but we really liked it.
Written February 9, 2020
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GiaXenakis
51 contributions
Jan 2020
So glad we found Magic Island during our last trip.

Magic Island was recommended to us, a group of 13 people. The beach was fantastic, there were bathroom and changing facilities and free parking!

Bring your lawn chairs and camera. The sunset from this location was fabulous.

We loved this location so much, we went back 2x.

Enjoy
Written February 11, 2020
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JoeL_WorldTraveler
Grand Prairie, TX162 contributions
Apr 2021
The sunset was amazing from this spot. Also planes fly over this area to land at the airport. The surfers were out there for a great bit of time. The day was full of walkers and runners. There were families at the beach and picnicing.
Written May 7, 2021
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Annette V.
Delta, Canada7 contributions
Feb 2020
We happened upon this park / beach as it's directly across from the mega Ala Moana mall. There were barely any people there which was a treat after all the busyness of Waikiki beach. The "lagoon" is an awesome place to swim and the waves pounding the break wall was amazing to watch. There was a lifeguard so it's a safe area for families. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon there.
Written March 29, 2020
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Jogo15
Canada103 contributions
There are lots of trees for shade here. Plenty of benches to watch the sea turtles, surfers and the sunset from. On one side is a lagoon that's practically deserted that's great for snorkeling with many unusual varieties of fish. On the other side where the sea turtles are, there is absolutely wonderful snorkeling among the reefs past the 2 pilings sticking out of the water. The best was when I came across a snowflake moray eel one day and another huge fish I didn't recognize and had never seen before. The best thing is it has no where near the crowds that Waikiki has.
Written March 6, 2010
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