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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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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 easy scenic hike

Came here for a hike with the girls and the hike was just as expected: beautiful and paved. It was also the only hike on the island that allowed us to see whales and we saw three... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here for a hike with the girls and the hike was just as expected: beautiful and paved. It was also the only hike on the island that allowed us to see whales and we saw three which made the hike well worth it. It was about a 30 minute hike to the top and a 20 minute hike back... More 

Thank Grace K
Huntington Beach
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49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Trail is nicely paved with great views. Lookout point for humpback whales about halfway through, too. Even in the middle of January in the afternoon was rather warm but fortunately there was a decent breeze. Easy hike for most people.

Thank GHTfromHB
Woongarrah NSW
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At first when you arrive at the carpark the walk to the top looks daunting, however it was not as difficult as it looks. Yes it is hot and steep uphill all the way, but it has been paved with a wide even track like ashphalt all the way. There is no stairs which makes it easier, and a good... More 

3 Thank Kezzbert
Holland, Michigan
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338 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice paved path, great for strollers, wheelchairs, etc. Even footing, great views. However, only a Very limited view of the lighthouse itself. On the plus side there were whales off the coast. We did through a tour company. I wish we would have driven ourselves beautiful coastline drive and the tour company only drops you off and leaves... they were... More 

1 Thank Paulette Y
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The signage at the beginning of the trail indicates a round trip (up and back) of 1.5 miles with an elevation under 500 feet. The trail is now freshly black topped and wide enough for service vehicles. The parking area fills up but the hikers coming back slowly open up spots. We watched a number of young women/men pushing strollers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked this trail on a bright beautiful day. It goes up along the ocean We saw whales in the ocean below surrounded by amazing views the entire walk. Absolutely a must.

Thank Willow007Boston
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's one of my favourite hikes on Oahu. The view is so breathtaking. It's not a difficult hike, because it's paved. If you visit in winter, you can spot a lot of whales. The view is to fall in love with

Thank Agnieszka V
Kailua, Hawaii
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hike has great views all the way around, getting to the point at the top is breathtaking and the breeze feels great. Good way to watch for whales. Very kid friendly/stroller friendly/ and would be a challenging workout if wanting to run up and down. Parking can be very busy at times.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not do this trail...apparently 45 mins by concrete or 25 right across the grass and mountain, BUT it's a great point to spot whales. Just sit down, track horizon for water blows. Get your stuff out of your car; daily broken glass from break inns....k=more and more police patrolling there

1 Thank Martine B
Hermosa Beach, California
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35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely an incline and the whole wave is paved. Didn't find any parking in the lot so we just parked on the main road. We hiked down to the tide pools. The tide pools is the best part of the hike. Even young kids were in the tide pools. Went on a day where the waves weren't too big and... More 

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