Ala Moana Beach Park

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Aerial view of Ala Moana Beach Park and its beach. Magic Island is on the right.

Ala Moana Beach Park is a free public park on the island of Oahu, U.S. state of Hawaii, located between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. This 100-acre (0.40 km2) park has a wide gold-sand beach that is over a half-mile (800 m) long. It is man-made and was created by the owner of the Dillingham Dredging Company, who was looking for a place to dispose of his dredged earth. So in the 1950s, sand was dumped at this park, which created the beach.

The water is almost always calm because the beach is protected by an outer reef. This makes it a good spot for long-distance swimmers and small children. There is a 25-foot-deep (7.6 m) swimming channel and a former boat channel that was dredged out of the reef.

Ala Moana's ocean bottom drops quickly, so novice swimmers should use caution. Big grassy areas, banyans and palm trees make the park a good place to picnic, barbecue, play all kinds of ball games or go running. There are lifeguards, showers, restrooms, phones, tennis courts, picnic tables, food concessions and a music pavilion. Ala Moana Beach Park is a favorite among Honolulu residents. It is right next to "Magic Island" where many cultural events are held.

Like almost all of Honolulu's city parks, Ala Moana Beach Park had many homeless people during the day and night, until the city started closing the park for the night in 2006.[1][2] Fodors travel guide rated it a "high crime area" at night after dark partly on this basis.[3]

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 21°17′19″N 157°50′54″W / 21.28873°N 157.84826°W / 21.28873; -157.84826


  1. ^ Stacy Yuen (January 2014), Homelessness in Waikiki 
  2. ^ Mary Vorsino (April 22, 2015), What Are We Doing to Fix Hawai‘i’s Homeless Crisis? 
  3. ^ Jess Moss, Linda Cabasin, Mark Sullivan, eds. (2012), Fodor's Hawaii 2013, Fodors, p. 88, ISBN 9780307929273 

External links[edit]