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Magic Island at Ala Moana Park
aka Aina Moana

The Aina Moana area of Ala Moana Beach Park is commonly known as Magic Island. It is a park on a peninsula of land with white sand beaches, a protected swimming lagoon, wide grassy areas, picnic tables, trails for cycling and inline skating, a rocky breakwater, and beautiful views of Waikiki and Honolulu.


Magic Island
Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr (USGS)



The History of Magic Island
Magic Island is a man made peninsula that was built in 1964 on thirty acres of reclaimed shallow reef. It was suppose to be part of a new resort hotel complex that would have included two additional islands. The project died after the creation of the Magic Island peninsula and the area was converted into a public park. In 1972 the name of Magic Island was officially changed to "Aina Moana" which means "land from the sea" but most of the locals still call it Magic Island.

Events at Magic Island
In addition to being a beautiful weekend destination for Hawaii visitors and local families, Magic Island is a popular venue for weddings, holiday celebrations, and special events such as 4th of July fireworks shows and the Honolulu Family Festival.

Location and Parking
Magic Island is located on the east end of Ala Moana Beach Park between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, and more specifically between the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and Ala Moana Beach. The street address for Ala Moana Beach Park is 1201 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii. Arrive early on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays because Ala Moana Park and the Magic Island parking lot fill up fast on weekends.

See also:
- Ala Wai Yacht Harbor
- Ala Wai Canal
- Ala Moana Shopping Center
- Other Oahu Attractions



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