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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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A lighthouse out of a picture book!

Great hike-- kind of leisurely walk- but okay! You see pictures of lighthouses-- but this one is right in front of you and as beautiful as you would expect it to be in Hawaii!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Plattsmouth, Nebraska

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The drive to makapuu lighthouse is beautiful, the ocean was this amazing blue, the waves were huge! Many surfers, lots of people in some parks, but many areas there was no one. Drive was awesome. The lighthouse hike.....well, the views were beautiful, the hike wasn't extreme, but there were some pretty steep areas. Was disappointed after finally getting to the... More 

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Plattsmouth, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Great hike-- kind of leisurely walk- but okay! You see pictures of lighthouses-- but this one is right in front of you and as beautiful as you would expect it to be in Hawaii!!

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Sugar Land, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful drive along the coast. At the time, slow traffic. Do have a pit stop to take picture along the way. Get to watch the sunset too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

TRUTH! I used to LIVE up here in 1979; there WERE 3 lighthouse keepers homes made of solid bluestone and we had a group charting endangered/endemic plants and lived up there for a winter w/o water (Co-o-old showers at Makapu'u beach at night! Br-r-r-) no toilets, (dig a hole), and ONE power outlet per house. We got to be EXPERT... More 

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Cold Spring Harbor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The Makapuu trail offers spectacular ocean views. The trail is paved with a fairly steep slope, but not by any means overly challenging. The lighthouse view is worth the trip. There also are remnants of military pillboxes along the trail. Bring plenty of water. There are no facilities along the way.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Note that this trail is undergoing repairs and sections may be closed when you visit, make sure you check http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/hiking/oahu/makapuu-point-lighthouse-trail/ for details. I found the trail relatively easy, but it is a bit of an incline. The trail is all asphalt and wide with some off-shoots gravel. A baby buggy with those large wheels could probably go on this trail... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

For those who want to adventure outside Waikiki, this destination is not too far. The lighthouse and it's scenic ocean view and of it's now extinct sides of an ancient volcano, is worth the drive. For those here between Nov to April, it's the best viewing posts to observe the migrant humpback whales.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great trail for hiking with kids as it is paved the entire way. The hike up is, well, UP but not overpowering. Views from up top are well worth the hike. If you want to do just one relatively easy hike on Oahu, this is probably the best choice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We had this hike booked marked but only stopped when the GyPSy Guide app told us to. It is a fairly easy-moderate (depending on the humidity) up hill hike. The trail is paved, clean and not shaded. Hiked in Teva's. During our visit in mid-August the trail was being worked on and we were unable to hike the lighthouse. We... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Beautiful hike with gorgeous views. We geared up with running shoes and shorts and were surprised to see people doing it with flip flops and sandals. I was happy to have my running shoes.

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