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Posts Tagged ‘Honolulu beach’

The Magic of Magic Island

Posted by E.G.D. on December 3, 2012

A Cast Party at Magic Island with Ala Moana in the Background (Photo by Jody Diehl)

A Cast Party at Magic Island with Ala Moana Beach in the Background (Photo by Jody Diehl)

Let me tell you a story.  Once upon a time, someone started building a resort adjacent to Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The company got as far as making a man-made peninsula aaaaaaaaaaaaaand…. stopped.  Rumor has it, they ran out of money.  Anyhow, the resort was going to be called “Magic Island,” and when the new peninsula became property of the city, the name stuck and it became a really spiffy park right next to the beach.  Now, once upon a time long after that, I lived in Honolulu while working on a terminal degree in theatre performance, and Magic Island became significant in my life as a prime location for extremely low-budget cast parties (for you non-theatre types out there, a cast party is a party that happens just after the closing performance of a play, and is not limited to the cast, but usually includes the entire design and technical crews of a given production, plus guests).  Suffice it to say, you can’t do any better for a location than “free and on the beach,” unless perhaps it’s “free and on the beach, and nicely landscaped, and attached to a safe swimming hole blocked off from the ocean with boulders, and featuring picnic tables in the shade of gigantic and beautiful trees.”  Magic island is definitely a winner!  As with Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island is generally a hangout for locals, and unless it happens to be a major holiday (like Christmas, for example) it is not usually crowded.

View from Magic Island (Photo by Jody Diehl)

View from Magic Island (Photo by Jody Diehl)

I do not believe I have ever been to Magic Island and not easily found a free, shaded picnic table… except for on Christmas.  Seriously, if you want a prime location that close to Ala Moana Beach on Christmas, you probably have to show up at six in the morning.  Otherwise, though, whether you are a local or a visitor, Magic Island is a great place for a picnic, and if you don’t feel like making your own, it’s right across the street from Ward Center (a mall catering primarily to locals) where you’ll have your choice of any number of different, quite excellent places to pick up take-out.  After lunch and a swim in the swimming area, I highly recommend a walk on Ala Moana Beach, which can be a good place to find shells and chunks of coral at low-tide, especially after a storm.  What more can you ask for?

View from Magic Island (Photo by Jody Diehl)

View from Magic Island (Photo by Jody Diehl)

That, my friends, is the magic of Magic Island… which is neither magical nor an island in any literal sense.  Next time you’re in Honolulu, go ahead and drop by.  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed- E.G.D.

Jody, E.G.D., and Grandma at a Magic Island Cast Party (Photo probably by Jackie Okimoto or Steph Pak)

Grandma, E.G.D., and Jody on Magic Island, Honolulu (Photo probably by Jackie Okimoto or Steph Pak)


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Where the Locals Go: Ala Moana Beach, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Posted by alainaflute on February 10, 2012

A stone’s throw from the Ala Moana Shopping Center, just northwest of famous Waikiki Beach, a lovely stretch of sand with a local vibe calls you to dip your feet in the water, build a sand castle, or just sit on the nearby lawn with a picnic. Ala Moana Beach Park feels like a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy (and often touristy) Honolulu. Thanks to a protective coral reef, the waves here are rather tame. This family friendly beach even has a lifeguard on duty.

View of Waikiki and Diamond Head from Ala Moana Beach (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

Ala Moana Beach doesn’t have the white sand and glamour of Waikiki, but it’s a wonderful spot to enjoy the sun and surf without being elbow to elbow with vactioning beach-goers.

My Sister, the Local, at Ala Moana Beach (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

Don’t forget your sunscreen, and have a great day at the beach!

Sister’s Note: two more super perks of Ala Moana Beach Park are that A) you’re right across the street from Ward Center, where there’s a great local coffee joint and a local chocolate shop, among numerous other things and B) there is a mini-peninsula attached to it that is basically dedicated to picnicking.  Said peninsula is called “Magic Island,” and I like to have cast parties there.  I will be writing an article about that later ^_^ -E.G.D.

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