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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

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Address: Near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course on Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Description: Further along Kalanianaole Highway is the Makapuu Lighthouse hiking trail...
Further along Kalanianaole Highway is the Makapuu Lighthouse hiking trail. This easy route with its moderate incline to the 647-ft. summit is a popular spot during whale season between December and April. This is a definite photo opportunity even when humpbacks aren’t spouting offshore. If you’re really ambitious, tackle a pre-sunrise hike to the top so you can grab a glorious photo of the sunrise.
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"Easy" hike so they say but definitely not as difficult as any of the others in Honolulu. The view is amazing. I recommend this trail/hike if you visit Oahu.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

"Easy" hike so they say but definitely not as difficult as any of the others in Honolulu. The view is amazing. I recommend this trail/hike if you visit Oahu.

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Edisto Island, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Great paved trail to hike up to see the Makapuu Lighthouse. The trail is at least two miles up to the observation platform. A lot of construction work is going on with the trail so beware. Don't leave valuables in your car, the broken glass in the parking is a good indicator.

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Plano, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth doing, but give yourselves at least 1 hour. We did this immediately after Koko crated - don't repeat that mistake unless you are very fit. We thought is was a quick hick up a short road. We were wrong, but it was our fault for not researching better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Nice 1.2 mile hike. Bring water and do the hike early. Paved walkway and decent climb. You can't get to the lighthouse itself but you get the peak above it and the views are great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

It gets hot up on this trail. Not the hardest, but it does climb quickly so bring water and dont forget to rest. Its a beautiful view point on a clear day.

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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

less crowded than diamond head with excellent views. Paved all the way no stairs. lots of families w small children. paving some of the trail and making look out points and better retaining walls

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Stuart, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This trail offers a relatively easy, paved climb to the top of a nice overlook. The lighthouse is actually below the summit and is off limits to actually getting too near the structure. The road up is currently being improved with new paving, guard rails and several new scenic overlook points. When finished it will be very nice. There are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This hike is relatively easy in that it is mostly paved. We saw a number of people pushing strollers up - not something I would try. The pavement is broken in a few places and you're forced off the path for a bit for construction. But the hike is all uphill and by the time you get to the top,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Nice trail. 1.2 miles to the top and all up hill, but not too steep. They are doing improvements that will be great once they are done. Not a lot of parking though

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Even though there was trail construction and rain, at end of our walk, it was worth the time to do this hike. Route is paved and has easy inclines. Not a lot parking, so go there early. No restrooms s or water, so plan ahead.

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