Primarily for beachgoers and surfers
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
000 FZHW52 PHFO 160145 SRFHFO SURF ZONE FORECAST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI 400 PM HST TUE APR 15 2014 HIZ005>011 161400 OAHU 400 PM HST TUE APR 15 2014 HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR THE EAST SHORE SURF ON THE EAST SHORE WILL BE 6 TO 8 FEET TONIGHT DECREASING TO 5 TO 7 FEET WEDNESDAY. SURF ON THE NORTH SHORE WILL BE 1 TO 3 FEET THIS EVENING..INCREASING TO 3 TO 5 FEET WEDNESDAY. SURF ALONG THE WEST SHORE WILL BE 1 TO 2 FEET THROUGH WEDNESDAY. SURF ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE WILL BE 1 TO 3 FEET THROUGH WEDNESDAY. OUTLOOK THROUGH MONDAY APRIL 21: THE ROUGH SURF ON THE EAST SHORE WILL GRADUALLY SUBSIDE THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT THEN BUILD AGAIN OVER THE WEEKEND. A MODERATE WEST NORTHWEST SWELL IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE BY WEDNESDAY PEAK THURSDAY THEN GRADUALLY SUBSIDE THROUGH SATURDAY. SURF WILL REMAIN QUITE SMALL ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE. SURF HEIGHTS ARE FORECAST HEIGHTS OF THE FACE OR FRONT OF WAVES. THE SURF FORECAST IS BASED ON THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT THE AVERAGE HEIGHT OF THE ONE THIRD LARGEST WAVES IN THE ZONE OF MAXIMUM REFRACTION. SOME WAVES MAY BE MORE THAN TWICE AS HIGH AS THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT. EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER RIP CURRENTS IN OR NEAR ANY SURF ZONE. $$ DONALDSON
[4/15/2014 4:00:00 PM]
WEATHER CONDITIONMostly Cloudy
from the Northeast at 11.5 gusting to 16.1 MPH (10 gusting to 14 KT)
AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES
Information and Beach Analysis
In the 1920s Ala Moana Beach Park was a wetland with bulrushes, kiawe trees, and coconut palms that the city used as a garbage dump. In 1931 the Parks Board designated the land as Moana Park, initiated its development, and in 1934 President Franklin D. Roosevelt participated in the opening ceremonies while on a visit to Honolulu. In 1947 the Parks Board changed the park’s name to Ala Moana, “path [to the] sea.”
The deep swimming area fronting the park is a former boat channel that was dredged through the coral reef in the late 1920s to join Kewalo Basin with the Ala Wai Boat Harbor. In 1955 Hawaiian Dredging Company closed the west end of the channel with a landfill, now Kewalo Basin Park, and in 1964 closed the east end with another landfill, Magic Island. Originally dredged for boat traffic, the channel is 20 to 30 feet deep and 1,000 yards long. Protected by a shallow reef offshore, it is one of the most popular open ocean swimming sites in Hawai’i.
Magic Island, the man-made peninsula at the east end of the park, was completed
in 1964 through the reclamation of thirty acres of shallow reef. Named Magic
Island by its developers, the peninsula was the first phase of a resort hotel
complex that called for two more islands to be constructed on the reef off
Ala Moana Beach Park. The project stopped after the development of Magic
Island, leaving the State with a man-made peninsula, which they converted
into a public park. In 1972 the State officially renamed Magic Island ‘Aina
Moana, or “land [from the] sea,”
to recognize that the park is made from dredged coral fill. The peninsula was turned over the city in a land exchange and is formally known as the ‘Aina Moana Section of Ala Moana Beach Park, but local residents still call it Magic Island.
Today, as one of the most popular parks in Honolulu, Ala Moana Beach Park’s
76-acres fill daily with lawn bowlers, tennis players, joggers, picnickers,
fishers, model airplane flyers, model boat sailors, sunbathers, surfers,
and swimmers. The long sand beach in the park is especially attractive to
families with young children who normally congregate at the east end of the
beach where parking is plentiful and the ocean bottom is shallow and rock-free.
Some of the south shore’s most famous surfing sites are found offshore
at the edge of the reef, including Big Rights, Concessions, Courts, Big Lefts,
and Baby Hale’iwa.
Magic Island with its own sand beach and lagoon is also popular with swimmers and sunbathers. Surfers ride a spot called Bomboras off the west end of Magic Island’s seawall, and on calm days, scuba divers frequent the reef off the east end.
This description is taken from John R. K. Clark's book - Beaches of Oahu (Revised Edition) which is published by University of Hawai'i Press and available from University of Hawai'i Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing his description of Hawaii's beaches to improve beach safety.