If you're the parent of a tyke who's terrified of the ocean, a great place to start them off is Magic Island, right in Ala Moana beach park. With its manmade barriers, there are no waves to speak of, but your little one will actually experience the ocean without unpredictable waves or major tourist crowds. When they're ready for an upgrade to a "real" beach, parents & kids alike will enjoy Lanikai, just past Kailua. Park on a residential street & walk down the short path to discover amazing emerald waters, a clear view of the Mokulua islands & clean sands. Waves are tranquil & the kiddies can walk out hip deep for anywhere from 5 to 10 yards in most parts of this beautiful beach.