Oahu is known for its spectacular sunrise and sunset spots. Tourists from all parts of the world flock to Oahu to witness the stunning hues of nature’s mystical light show. Undeniably, the thrill of experiencing nature’s dramatic introduction to or the finale of a day amidst the shimmering ocean and gently swaying palm trees is unparalleled. The only challenge, however, is to find the perfect spot for witnessing such an enchanting moment.

In this blog, we’ve provided a list of 6 spectacular sunrise spots in Oahu that’ll help you spend less time planning and more time experiencing this magic of nature.


  • Puu Ualakaa State Park

Located on Mount Tantalus, the Puu Ualakaa State Park is unarguably the best place in Oahu to witness the sunrise. The park offers a vibrant view of the sunrise on the right and Honolulu on the left. You can sit on the grassy patches spread all over the park and enjoy the breathtaking view of the sun rising in the east

  • Lanikai Pillboxes

sunrise at Lanikai Pillboxes

Situated on the east side of Oahu, Lanikai Pillboxes offer a great vantage point to witness the glory of sunrise. If you want to witness the sunrise from the top of pillboxes, you’ll just have to strap on a headlamp and hike up to the bunkers. It usually takes around 20-30 minutes to reach the first bunker, and another 10-15 minutes to reach the second one. Both the bunkers offer a splendid view of the sunrise and the famous Kailua twin islands.

  • Sandy Beach

Being located near to the shore, Sandy Beach offers an ecstatic view of the sunrise. But proximity to the beach isn’t the only reason why this beach is so famous. The mind-soothing ambience makes it a must-visit destination for anyone willing to witness the glory of sunrise. The most exciting part is that you can choose to view the sunrise from the rocks, tide pools, or big waves carrying surfers and bodyboarders.

  • Makapuu Lighthouse

sunrise at Makapuu Lighthouse

This is one of the best places to witness the sunrise. But very few people turn up before the sun is up.  If you manage to hike till the top of the lighthouse (it usually takes about 30 minutes to reach the top), we bet you’ll cherish the view forever. Makapuu Lighthouse is also one of the best destinations for hiking in Oahu. The feel during sunrise is nice and cool and the view from the top is pristine and tranquil. May to September is the best time for the Makapuu Lighthouse trail.

  • Kaena Point

Located on the Western side of Oahu, the Kaena Point offers a splendid view of the sunrise. The best part is that it remains sparsely populated. Once here, you’ll have the complete liberty to experience the sunset in peace. The natural lava shoreline and tidepools here offer superb viewing positions and attract landscape photographers from all parts of the world.


  • Ala Moana Beach Park

Hidden within Hawaii Kai residential neighbourhood, Ala Moana Beach Park is an amazing place to chill and witness the sunrise. Not only does the park offer several stunning views to choose from, but it’s also a fun place to indulge in a plethora of outdoor activities. Biking, walking, paddling, and playing volleyball being the most common ones.

So, here was our list of the top 6 sunrise spots in Oahu. If you’re planning to visit Hawaii in your next vacation, make sure to witness the beauty of sunrise on each of these spots.

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