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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course on Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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As featured in 3 days in Honolulu
Ranked #7 of 157 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Hiking Trails, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Further along Kalanianaole Highway is the Makapuu Lighthouse hiking trail. This easy route with its moderate incline to the 647-ft. summit is a... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Michigan
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We took the paved path most of the way up to the lighthouse viewing platform with a few detours to the old WWII bunkers along the way. After hiking up to the higher bunker, we decided to come the ridge down. Definitely more difficult and we had to really watch our steps, but our 6 and 8 year old boys... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is a 2.5-3 hour roundtrip hike to some great views of Oahu. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring drinks. Take your time to enjoy the views. The car park was busy and you probably will have to wait to get a parking spot.

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San Diego, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

If you don't, you might feel like you do by the time you get to the top! This hike has a pretty serious incline, which the kids were running up... Making my old outta shape hiney feel even older and more outta shape. The asthma gave me an excellent excuse to stop and take in the stunning views, though. Talk... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

It was worth the walk! You climb at times, but nothing too difficult, it's gradual, but you still climb about an hour. There was an 85 year old lady walking up there with her teenage grand children!!! Take some water, comfortable shoes, and your camera. FREE!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Nice trail. It is completed paved but there is no shade, it gets pretty hot but there is a nice breeze along the ocean. Bring water. Lovely 360 degree views at the top and along the trail.

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iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This was a nice hike on a mostly blacktop trail with great views at the top. There are some informational placards about the history df the lighthouse and observation areas. It's good exercise and some folks had to take breaks along the way due to the incline. Suggest taking some water for the climb.

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Romulus, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

This was a paved trail, but was kinda steep. The view from the top was beautiful, the ocean on one side and mountains on the other. The parking is free, but wasn't really marked. Watch for the cars lined up the mountain a little, park there.

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Honolulu, HI
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It is an easy trail that hikers of all abilities can easily do, with a very nice summit view as well. Most of the trail is easily marked path, and there is a parking lot to park your car, although I have to say it can get crowded at times.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This hike is on a paved trail and somewhat steep but fairly easy to do in an hour round trip. The views all along the trail are great but when you get to the top lookout they are stunning. Parking lot opens at 7:00am and fills up quickly you can park along the road and walk in any time. There... More

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Omaha
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a long walk, all up hill so wear something comfortable. The walk is well worth it, especially during whale watching season. I would go back in a minute.

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