There are plenty of beautiful parks and beaches in Hawaii, but if you are a tourist in Waikiki and want to get out of tourism craziness and hustle, you can just take a shuttle or even walk to Ala Moana Beach Park, which is located in front of tourists’ favorite shopping center, Ala Moana Shopping Center.
Need a little break from busy Waikiki? Try Ala Moana Beach Park!
Ala Moana Beach Park is less touristy, but is more local where local runners, surfers, swimmers, and yogi (people who practice yoga) gather early in the morning. In the weekends, the park also turns into a fun and friendly weekend barbeque heaven. Yes, Hawaiian people are active and also enjoy great barbeque! The water is crystal clear and the white sand makes the ocean and the sky look really blue. It is close enough from Waikiki, but provides a very relaxed Hawaii feeling.
Many locals enjoy their choice of outdoor activities
People tend to get up early in the mornings in Hawaii. Depending on the time of the year, the Sun rises at different times, but during summer, there are already a lot of people doing their morning activities at 5:30 a.m., before it gets too hot. If it is a morning walk or a fast-pasted run, you can enjoy the sea breeze and the friendly locals passing the park routes. You will meet yogis, beach workout groups and Tai Chi (Chinese internal martial art) practitioners all enjoying the beautiful outdoor life. After a few days of repeating this routine, you will start greeting a few familiar faces, good morning!
You will see many newlyweds taking pictures at the park
Ala Moana Beach Park is always busy with the locals, no matter if it is early in the mornings, during the hot days or the cool evenings. It also is a popular location for newlyweds, where cameramen, camera assistants, brides and grooms hunt for the perfect wedding pictures. It is so popular that you will at least run into a couple of newlyweds taking pictures at any given moment of the day unless it is raining.
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Hawaii Lantern Floating at Ala Moana Beach Park
Similarly, there are events held at Ala Moana Beach Park, from small to large. In the weekends, you may see surf competitions at the part of Ala Moana Beach Park called “Magic Island” where even young local surfers bravely get into the ocean to catch the big waves. Every year in May is also organized the Lantern Floating Hawaii festival, held in memory of lost loved ones.
Ala Moana Beach Park
Ala Moana Beach Park is conveniently located in front of Ala Moana Shopping Center where locals enjoy their outdoor activities. The park welcomes those who are into outdoor sports such as beach yoga, beach workout, surfing and swimming and those who simply enjoy eating and having companies outdoor such as barbecue and picnics! The beach park is such a big park of Hawaiian people’s lives that you feel relaxed and energized receiving the power of nature and the kindness of the locals.
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