Hawaii June 01, 2017
Most People Have No Idea This Enchanting Beach In Hawaii Even Exists
With more than 100 miles of stunning coastline, the island of Oahu is home to some of the world’s best beaches. And while we are absolutely in love with the island’s famous beaches – think Waikiki, Sunset, Lanikai, and Hanauma – sometimes we like planning our beach days around lesser-known beaches with pristine, white sand, incredible views – and fascinating history.
Nestled between Ala Moana Beach Park and the Ala Wai Boat Harbor, Magic Island Beach Park is easily one of Oahu’s most overlooked beaches. You see, tourists flock to nearby Waikiki, and most locals opt for beaches across the islands.
But Magic Island is exactly what its name describes: a magical slice of island paradise.
The 30-acre peninsula that is now this enchanting beach was constructed in 1964 over a shallow reef to be the site of a luxury resort complex that would have included two additional islands. Luckily, the resort was never built, and the land was repurposed as a public park.
At the end of the peninsula is a beautiful sheltered lagoon perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
You will also find walking paths ideal for an afternoon stroll, shady palm trees under which you can watch the boats travel to and from the harbor, and unsurpassed natural beauty.
In 1972, the park was renamed to Aina Moana, translating from Hawaiian to mean "land from the sea," though I’ve never heard anyone use the official name.
The sunsets from Magic Island are absolutely magnificent - though we suggest visiting on a Friday night, as you will witness two phenomenal shows in addition to one of Hawaii’s iconic sunsets: a yacht race at Ala Wai Boat Harbor, and the Friday night fireworks over Waikiki.
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