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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
Fee: No
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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Great light hike and wonderful way to watch the sunset

We happened upon this trail towards the end of the day and it was a beautiful hike with a great view. The path is mostly paved with a few areas of gravel because of trail... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We happened upon this trail towards the end of the day and it was a beautiful hike with a great view. The path is mostly paved with a few areas of gravel because of trail repairs. Overall, nice light hike that most should be able to complete.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The views are stunning, but the trail is a little hot. It is in a dry area of Oahu, with very little shade. The trail is paved with asphalt, so not a difficult hike. Dogs are allowed on the trail and we took ours. He is black and had a very difficult time with the trail due to the heat,... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This hiking is level medium and one of the most popular trails on Oahu. Don't forget the sunscreen and water. Comfortable shoes are recommend. The view at the top is fantastic. Also you can see an old lighthouse. If you have children, this is ok. You can use the strollers all the time. Go, ands have fun

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful hike to see spectacular views plus see many whales all at the same time. The trail is paved (construction going on now) for easy walking. The climb is very steep for older people. I am old but still enjoyed every minute it took me to get to the top. There are points to stop and rest... More 

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Brentwood, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Saw whales from several points on the trail. Beautiful vistas. Only negative is that you can't actually go to the lighthouse. You end up above it looking down. Still... Very nice hike.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is a great hike for a family or for someone who is not in great shape. It's uphill, but not strenuous. The views from the hike are magnificent and much of the (paved) road up looks over a designated whale preserve. If you hit the hike right you can look out over the cliffs and see whales breaching. Bring... More 

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Enon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

A steeply paved trail of approximately one mile that begins 200 ft above sea level and ends at approximately 650 ft above sea level. There are no services or facilities on the trail and currently there is construction in progress. It is a sometimes hot, usually windy trek to the top, but the views are phenomenal. Be sure to take... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This trail is lovely and great for families or slower folks because it's paved. But in recent years the traffic there has gotten insane. If you don't go early don't even bother. If you're lucky, in the winter it's a great place for whale-watching without paying for a boat trip!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

this was a great hike. we went in the evening around 4.30pm. wasn't too crowded. the hike it self is not difficult. it took us 30 minutes or so to get to the top. its a moderate climb all the way thru. plenty of space to stop by for a rest. we even saw humpback whales far away as it... More 

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Roy, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This trail is not for the faint of heart, but the beautiful sunrise made it well worth the hike. They were working on the trail so had to watch for heavy equipment, but the trail normally doesn't open till 7:00 am and they allowed us up at 630 for the sunrise.

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