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Lana'i Lookout

This is the first scenic lookout parking lot after Hanauma Bay. It is to the right after the entrance to Koko Head Shooting Range, and before Halona Blowhole and the "From Here to Eternity" beach. It is also known as a treacherous "extreme" scuba spot.

Caution: we do not recommend going past the rock wall of the lookout parking lot. Turning your back to the ocean to pose for a photograph is unsafe(see Notes at right.)

Notes


Caution: We do not recommend going past the rock wall of the scenic lookout parking lot. Water conditions change depending on the wave season, the swell, tide, and especially the particular set of waves that change from minute to minute, and people have been swept away from the rocky coast and drowned. Also the area is very hard and sharp, with areas covered by treacherously slippery gravel, a dangerous combination. Also turning your back to the ocean (especially while standing on ground that is not absolutely dry) to pose for a photograph is unsafe.

On a clear day, you can see the islands of Moloka'i and Lana'i on the horizon-- hence the name of this lookout. In the winter season from mid December through early April, look to the ocean for the spouts of humpback whales visiting from Alaska.

Also located nearby is the Lost filming location along the Makapu'u shoreline and Ka Iwi Coast, as well as China Walls on the other side of Hanauma Bay. And of course if you want to go snorkeling at the tourist attraction extradinaire of Hanauma Bay, as they say: get there early to beat the crowds.

Lanai Lookout QTVR (quick time virtual reality panorama)
Honolulu Star-Bulletin 2004 article with photo noting that Lana'i lookout served to depict the Big Island in NBC's pilot for Hawaii.

Address:
Kalaniana'ole Hwy between Hanauma Bay and Halona Blowhole and "From Here to Eternity" cove.

Directions:
From Waikiki or Honolulu, take H1 East until it ends and turns into Kalaniana'ole Hwy. Continue straight, and stay to the right lane, passing through the end of Hawai'i Kai. Continue uphill past the entrance to Hanauma Bay. As the road curves downward you will see Koko Crater directly in front of you. As the road curves toward the right, enter the first parking lot marked by a "Scenic Point" sign (see photo).


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The entrance to Lana'i Lookout.

We do not recommend going past the rock wall. Water conditions change depending on the wave season, the swell, tide, and the particular set of waves that change from minute to minute, and people have been swept away from the rocky coast and drowned. Also the area is steep, very hard and sharp, and parts are covered by a slippery gravel.

Quicktime VR of near the top area; parking lot wall is visible.
Episode 2x06 Abandoned Lost Virtual Tour

The other side of this point is Hanauma Bay.

Note the digitally added jungle foliage at left.

A View from below the lookout.
 
Similar view from the top: At the parking lot, turn directly away from the ocean and look across the road. You will see Koko Crater, or Kohelepelepe. The color of the landscape will depend on the season, turning greener in winter, and dryer in summer. Of course a miniature palm jungle does not seasonally shoot up out of the brush.
Episode 2x07 The Other 48 Days Lost Virtual Tour

About 15 feet from the scene in the previous episode.
Episode 2x23-2x24 Live Together, Die Alone Lost Virtual Tour

Beginning of the journey as Desmond follows Kelvin

Notice the outcropping in the right foreground; its height in Lost was matched with that of the horizon. The horizon is the upper lip dropoff just after the parking lot lookout wall.

After Kelvin's accidental death, Desmond runs back to the hatch. The filming location is obviously the same as above, but horizontally reversed to depict this scene.

Quicktime VR of the canyon with Desmond.

Desmond's location in the screencap is at the far left edge of this photo; the Lost scene apparently used a wide angle lens.

Here the foreground is here at the Lana'i Lookout coastline, but the water, boat, and background cliffs were pasted into the scene from another filming location.

As Desmond turns away from the boat, notice the water has changed a darker color with waves; here the background is that of the true filming location.

The other side of this point is Hanauma Bay.

Note a crew member's hat visible at left of center.

This view is looking down from the right end of a tall rocky shelf (visible at left) near the bottom of the lookout area.
Episode 3x16 One of Us Lost Virtual Tour
 
Episode 5x16 The Incident LOST Virtual Tour
This is located on the wet rock area, right below the location Juliette and Ben had a conversation. THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS AREA.
Episode 6x17 The End LOST Virtual Tour
Fight scene between Jack and Locke was filmed at Lanai Lookout and Spitting Cave
Aftermath of fight was also filmed at Lanai Lookout and Spitting Cave
 
 

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