Amelia Earhart Lookout
About Amelia Earhart Lookout
Overlooking the gorgeous blue waters of the Pacific Ocean on Diamond Head Craters south side is the Amelia Earhart Lookout, established to commemorate the worlds first solo flight from Hawaii to North America. The viewpoint, located about 5 minutes by car outside of Waikiki Beach offers panoramic views of one of Oahus most popular surf spots. Down below, you can see surfers launching from the shore and paddling out to where the waves break. A fantastic place to watch the sunset.
Amelia Earhart is the first pilot to fly solo from Hawaii to North America. In 1934, Earhart arrived in Honolulu with her husband, George Palmer Putnam, and her bright red plane, a Lockheed Vega. The famous female pilot had crossed the Atlantic with a similar plane in 1932. Local newspapers speculated whether Earhart would make a solo flight to Oakland part of her visit, but the pilot refused such rumors. However, on January 11, 1935, the Honolulu Advertiser announced that Earhart and her crew would be at Wheeler Field for a non-stop solo flight to the West Coast. The rumors were true, and Amelia Earhart took off toward Diamond Head Crater with about 100 onlookers at Wheeler to wave goodbye. She landed in Oakland about 18 hours later.
Facts & Trivia
- Island: Oahu
- Duration: About 10 minutes
- Insider Tip: Bring a pair of binoculars or a telephoto zoom lens for your camera and watch the surfers in action from afar.