4 Most Romantic Sunsets in Hawaii


March 2, 2021
Words by Hilton Hawaii
Photos courtesy of Hilton Hawaii

Rainbows arched over emerald-green valleys, palm trees swaying in the wind, and the gentle strum of ukuleles—it’s no surprise that love is perpetually in the air in Hawaii. Whether you’re looking for the expertise of event planners or simply desire a stunning room with a view, your Hawaiian destination wedding needs could be met at one of the 19 Hilton properties in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Island of Hawaii. Each Hilton resort is now open and ready to welcome visitors. Hilton’s top priority is their guests’ safety, which is why they rolled out enhanced housekeeping standards utilizing Lysol products. The new Hilton CleanStay program also includes a special room seal to indicate that no one has entered the room since it has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. By using the Hilton Honors app, guests can skip the front desk and opt for contactless check-in, as well as select and access their room with a digital room key.

From horseback riding to ziplining through rainforests, there is plenty to do in Hawaii. Perhaps, the most romantic of all is watching the brilliant sun slowly dip below the turquoise-blue horizon from some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Here are four of the most picturesque spots to watch a Hawaiian sunset. 

1. Makena Cove (Secret Cove) in Maui

This not-so-secret sandy cove is tucked between a residential neighborhood, just south of Wailea. Follow along a lava rock wall until you come across an opening that leads you to this secluded beach, draped with dramatic lava rock formations. On a clear day, you could see the islands of Molokini and Kahoolawe in the distance. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a swimming sea turtle or a humpback whale leaping out of the ocean. As the sun sets, the sky lights up in brilliant shades of cotton-candy pink and blue.  

2. Tunnels Beach in Kauai

This golden-sand beach is backed by palm trees, ironwood trees, and towering, verdant mountains. It’s a bit of a trek from the parking spot to the beach but the view alone is worth it. Its expansive coral reefs attract a wide variety of fish and sea turtles, making Tunnel Beach a popular destination for snorkelers and scuba divers. However, the magic really happens right before twilight when the sun beams through fluffy clouds, casting a warm orange glow across the sky. 

3. Waikoloa Beach in Hawaiian Island

Located on the South Kohala coast on the Big Island, Waikoloa Beach is home to a petroglyphs preserve, historic royal fish ponds, and temples. You might encounter a snoozing Hawaiian monk seal or sea turtles at Anaehoomalu Bay, a pristine public beach with salt-and-pepper sand. It’s also where you might catch a glimpse of the rare “green flash,” the green light refracted right before the sun sinks into the Pacific Ocean. 

4. Ala Moana Beach Park in Oahu

This free 100-acre park has a wide golden-sand beach spanning more than a half-mile long. Majestic Banyan trees and Monkeypods provide shade for picnickers. At this urban beach, you’ll see modern skyscrapers right next to the 200,000-year-old Diamond Head, one of Hawaii’s most iconic landmarks, in the distance. As dusk, as the sun sets, the city lights up with twinkling lights. And on Friday evenings, you can catch fireworks across the harbor at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

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