Best Sunsets on Oʻahu
The Ko ʻOlina lagoons are perfectly positioned for catching sunsets. All four offer an excellent view of the setting sun. Lagoon 4 has the biggest parking lot, so you may want to head there to make your sunset experience simple.
Or, if you want a whole week of beautiful sunsets, get a room at one of the area’s resorts, which include Marriott’s Ko ʻOlina Beach Club, the Four Seasons Resort Oʻahu at Ko ʻOlina, and the Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa.
Mākaha Beach Park
As with many of Oʻahu’s west side locations, Mākaha Beach Park is a great spot to catch a killer sunset.
Mākaha can also be a great spot to catch a wave. In fact, it’s one of the spots where modern big-wave surfing got its start. (It’s also where legendary Oʻahu surfer Rell Sunn earned her nickname—the “Queen of Mākaha.”) In other words, Mākaha Beach Park has plenty to offer beyond its dependably excellent sunsets.
Ala Moana Regional Park
Easy parking and close proximity to town make Ala Moana Regional Park a no-muss, no-fuss place to take in the sunset. The park has plenty of facilities, including showers, bathrooms, and barbecues, so come early, bring the whole family, and make a whole day of it.
The name says it all. Originally called Paumalū (“taken secretly“), Sunset Beach has earned its English name many times over. (Even if that name was bestowed by a real estate developer looking to attract potential buyers!)
To some, Sunset Beach is better known as a major destination for big wave surfing along Oʻahu’s famed North Shore. Whether you’re there to test yourself at this challenging break or take in the end of the day, Sunset Beach is well worth a visit.
(By the way, if you can’t find a parking spot at Sunset, head just down the road and try your luck at Waimea Bay, which also offers excellent views of the setting sun.)
A busy hub of tourism. A great place to catch a wave. The perfect spot to soak up a beautiful sunset. Waikīkī Beach is all of these things.
Set up right on the sand and watch the magic unfold. Or, if you prefer to toast the sunset with a cocktail in hand, head to the Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian or to House Without a Key at the Halekulani Hotel. The cocktails at House Without a Key are accompanied by traditional Hawaiian music and hula dancing several nights a week, which can make an already extraordinary sunset extra special.
Kaʻena Point State Park
If you prefer to earn your sunset, head to Kaʻena Point State Park, up on the northwestern tip of Oʻahu. You’ll have two options to get to Kaʻena Point. Whether you approach from the Mokulēʻia Section (north shore of Oʻahu) or the Keawaʻula Section (west side of Oʻahu), expect to hike about 2.7 miles each way—and expect quiet serenity as you take in the changing colors of the sky.