Your Holoholo Guide to Ala Moana Beach Park
Those in need of some fresh air should make their way to this Honolulu beach park, which is looking lovelier than ever.
Photo: Kevin Allen
holoholo means, in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language), to go out for pleasure. To cruise, walk around, ride a bike or maybe even sail. And fortunately for the Aloha State, we’ve been allowed to do such things during this COVID-19 pandemic—as long as we practice safe social distancing and wear masks. If you’re on Oʻahu, and are in desperate need of some fresh air, check out Ala Moana Beach Park, which is as empty as it’s ever been. The city park is technically closed, but you can still enjoy walking along its paths, running the beach or even paddling out to swim. You just can’t sit, loiter or picnic.
(All photos by Kevin Allen)
First thing’s first: parking. The beach park’s parking lot is closed. Fortunately, the paid lot in front of Kewalo Basin ( 1125 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu) is still open
and only costs $1 an hour. Street parking can also be found along Ala Moana Beach Park.
There are multiple Biki bike racks at Ala Moana Beach Park, for those who don’t feel like walking the entire stretch of the 100-acre park.
This one is situated right next to the aforementioned paid lot.
Walking, jogging, running and biking are allowed on this route, but don’t sit or lounge on the sand or stop (for more than a few minutes) to take in the view.
The beach volleyball court at Ala Moana Beach Park is temporarily closed.
The beach is as empty as it’s ever been; however, that doesn’t mean you can take a seat for yourself. No peaches on these beaches.
Swimmers and surfers need to be aware that there are no lifeguards at the towers. There are, however, mobile lifeguards patrolling around Ala Moana Beach Park.
Like this guy. Mahalo for your service!
Swimmers and surfers will be happy to note that yes, the showers are still running.
Having the entire walking path to yourself is reason enough to pay Ala Moana Beach Park a visit.
Don’t worry, only the restroom located closest to Kewalo Basin (away from Waikīkī) is closed. The other bathroom facility, located closer toward Ala Moana, is still open to the public.
Hopefully we can all be feasting on an L&L Hawaiian Barbecue plate lunch again soon.
In case you were wondering, yes, the tennis courts have been locked off as well.
If you’ve ever visited Ala Moana Beach Park before, you know just how rare it is to see the beach this empty.
Magic Island seems to be off-limits—and this helpful sign is here to remind you of that.
Police regularly patrol the area.
If you’ve parked by Kewalo Basin, head back using the mauka (inland) path, which will give you some nice urban views.
Who wouldn’t mind being self-quarantined in the ultra-luxe Park Lane Ala Moana condos?
Now this is some fresh air.