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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 hike, parking is suspect.

We got up early to do th sunrise hike, upon arrival in the parking lot just beyond the gates we encountered a Maui policeman who warned us to take our possessions with us leave... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We got up early to do th sunrise hike, upon arrival in the parking lot just beyond the gates we encountered a Maui policeman who warned us to take our possessions with us leave nothing in the car. We were surprised that we were the only ones doing this hike since it is such a popular hike to do to... More 

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virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

My family enjoyed this easy, paved hike and were rewarded with beautiful views of the ocean as well as sightings of humpback whales all along the way. Glad to go on the earlier side (before 9 am) as parking was plentiful and the morning sun not too intense. Bring a bottle of water. We also did one of the other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This was a really nice hike. A bit of a steep climb, but its all paved, and once you round the corner of the mountain the views are amazing.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Loved the hike since it was a paved road and I have hip issues but parking was a breeze early in the morning and seeing Whales and the lighthouse and view of Island from the perspective can never be forgotten!

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Redmond, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

When completed, the hike will be nice, but as of now the construction that is going on at the trail is annoying. We had to stop a few times going up waiting for a back hoe, and they are hauling debris down the trail and supplies up the trail...

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is nice hike up a winding path to the lighthouse. We didn't go all the way up but it was a good photo stop. The first day we stopped it was really busy and hard to find parking, a lot of locals use this as an exercise spot. It was busy the next day but we stopped early on... More 

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Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This is great for almost anybody, not too tiring. Great view along the way and from the top!! take your camera!

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Anderson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Really nice location and worth a drive by . We had a rental car for a week and drove by this location on the way to Diamond head crater. Pretty cool and great views

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Got up early to try seeing the sunrise but not early enough. I recommend arriving at least an hour before scheduled sunrise to see the lights changed. By the time I got to a good viewing point, the sun was already high in the sky. I parked on the side of the road since the gate doesn't open until 7am... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Great, easy walk with a beautiful view at the top. Paved the whole way so perfect for strollers. Parking can be a pain, the earlier you get there, the better.

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