Ala Moana Beach Park is a long skinny thread of land on the beachfront between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu.
The atmosphere is much calmer than Waikiki, though large events are often held at the Park—like the Floating Lantern Memorial and the Relay for Life walk.
Magic Island is a little peninsula of land that jets off into the ocean that has more picnic areas, a green grassy for barbecues, an walking paths.
Ala Moana Bowls is a great beginner to intermediate surf spot that is easy to get from Waikiki and downtown Honolulu.
Sunsets from the beach park are extraordinary and this beach is a wonderful place to plunk down in the sand when a day of shopping and surfing comes to a close.