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Kaumalapau Harbor, Lanai


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Quick Facts

  • Name: Kaumalapau Harbor
  • What: Unique harbour with unobstructed sunset views
  • Where: Follow Kaumalapau Highway southwest to the sea


Located on the southwestern coast, Kaumalapau is the main commercial seaport for Lanai. The original harbour breakwater located here was built in 1920s but was severely damaged by hurricanes. A new breakwater was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers and was dedicated on July 7, 2007 giving Kaumalapau Harbor a one of a kind look. Buttressed by 819, white, 31-tonne Core-Loc armour units — the largest of their kind in the world — the harbour appears to be surrounded by giant, jack-like concrete blocks.

Drive to Kaumalapau Harbor, perch yourself atop a stone wall and treat yourself to a romantic sunset. This is one of the best and most accessible spots on the island to get an unobstructed view of the sunset. From December to May, you can also spot whales swimming just beyond the harbor. And throughout the year you may catch pods of spinner dolphins splashing offshore. The drive to Kaumalapau Harbor is also quite scenic, giving you distant views of western Lanai’s dramatic sea cliffs. Note that access to the harbour is limited on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays due to security matters and freight activity. There are also no facilities at the harbour.