Ala Moana Beach Park, across from Ala Moana Shopping Center near Waikiki, is Oahu’s favorite gathering spot, and for good reason. Its calm clear blue waters, protective reef and golden sand beach make it a perfect spot for sunbathing, recreational swimming and family time.


  • Half a mile long, the park features an extended peninsula called Magic Island
  • Equipped with shower facilities, food pavilions, tennis courts, and large grassy areas with picnic and BBQ areas
  • Snorkeling, surfing, and segway sightseeing are some of the fun activities you can do


The area where Ala Moana Beach Park stands was once a vast swamp land that was purchased by Dillingham Dredging Company in 1913. In 1934, Ala Moana Park was dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt when it was then named Moana Park. Sand was added to the waterfront in 1955 creating a beach area.

Things to Do

Guided Beach Snorkeling Tour

  • Beginner-friendly, no experience needed
  • Includes free underwater photos and videos

Surfing Lesson

  • 2-hour lesson with expert instructors
  • Learn techniques to catch and ride waves

Mermaid Photo Shoot & Swim

  • Swim like a mermaid at the Magic Island Lagoon
  • All photos and videos included

Private Photoshoot for Groups

  • Capture beautiful memories
  • 120 images, morning and afternoon plans available

SUP Lesson

  • Learn to stand-up paddle from expert instructors
  • Intimate lessons in groups for 4, 2, or 1

Wedding & Engagement Photoshoot

  • Private photoshoot with talented photographer
  • 120 images, morning and afternoon plans available

Segway Sightseeing Tour

  • See the best of Honolulu on a Segway
  • Five different tours with expert local guides

Tips when Visiting Ala Moana Beach

  • Ala Moana Park is accessible by public transportation and ample free parking is available.
  • On July 3rd, special city rules allow the public to stay overnight to reserve their spot for Independence Day festivities at the park.
  • Be sure to research the Ala Moana Beach Park calendar of events for information on their international cultural festivals and local events that occur throughout the year.
  • Lifeguards are on duty from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm daily.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ala Moana Beach

Yes, you can swim at Ala Moana Beach. Lifeguards are on duty from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For a unique experience, you can swim while donning a mermaid costume when you book this activity.

Yes. Depending on water conditions, you’ll be able to spot tropical fishes, corals, and turtles. For a guided tour that welcomes all skill levels, see this.

How to Get to Ala Moana Beach

Ala Moana Beach is an easy walk from Ala Moana Mall. If coming from Kuhio Avenue, you can take the number 8 or 20 city bus. Alternatively, you can also call an Uber or a cab.