There is a small stop on the way to Makapu’u Beach – a scenic point, that showcases views unparalleled to most other lookouts. On the east side of Oahu, there is a highway named Kalaninaole Hwy, which runs all the way next to the beaches and the coasts, passing through various towns. If you follow the scenic route, you will hit Makapu’u Beach, one of my favorite beaches on the east side.
It’s simply glorious, with bleach white, fluffy sand, and turquoise clear water. Next to the beach is a lookout point, where you can park you car and take in the wonderful nature around the beach, as far as the eye can see. This is Makapu’u Lookout.
The lookout consists of various rock levels that you can walk up, via stairs, to see different views of the surrounding beaches. I suppose the lookout itself is nothing special, but it is a great instrument that can be used to see nature in a fantastic way.
From the lookout, towards the opposite side of Makapu’u, you can see another, smaller beach. It’s contained within a seemingly lagoon-like formation, with mountains running up around it. The locals call it Cockroach Cove, but for whatever reason, I have never learned.
From the lookout, you are situated pretty far up in the air, since the Kalaninaole Hwy runs up and down the mountain side. The high altitude is key to seeing the great views, but looking down might be a bit frightening.
What else can I say about the views? The beachside goes on for miles until it disappears around the bend of the island.
The unique rock formations from the lookout can be visually studied and better appreciated from the great viewpoint.
Remember, lookouts are great for views. They help you to see different perspectives that you may not see while down on ground level.
And in such a beautiful place like Hawaii, where picturesque photos can be seen plastered everywhere from postcards to Instagram photos, seeing through various perspectives is very important. Lomo on!