Located on O`ahu’s Southeast shore is one of the most popular spots for locals and tourists alike to catch breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby islands. On car rides out to Makapu`u or Waimanalo, many pull off of Kalanianaole Highway for a quick stop at this lookout.
There is a small parking lot for the lookout and a short walk takes visitors to the lookout point where, on clear days, you can see the islands of Lanai, Molokai, and Maui including the 10,023 foot summit of Mount Haleakala peeking out behind Molokai!
In the months of December thru May, many come to Lanai Lookout for their opportunity to see humpback whales breaching in the Pacific Ocean—the kohala (humpback whales) make the 3,000 mile journey from the Gulf of Alaska to Hawai`i in around two months.
The humpback whales are attracted to the warm and shallow waters (less than six hundred feet in depth) of Hawai`i where they breed, calve, and raise their young. While most stay at the top of the lookout, there is also rock layers below where some like to venture.
There is no beach at the bottom of the lookout but there are stunning formations of sand-toned rocks as well as a small cove to explore.