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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course on Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Fee: No
Owner description: Further along Kalanianaole Highway is the Makapuu Lighthouse hiking...
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

If there's only one hike you can do on Oahu, this is it.... It's relatively easy....and paved all the way..... Given the choice, i think i'd do this one over Diamond Head... More stunning views than D-head, plus parking is FREE.... Next time, i think we're gonna hike down to the "Dragon's Nostrils" blowholes.....

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

This was a very nice walk. We had not expected it to be so long when we first started, but we wanted to continue on to the top no matter what. So be prepared to walk. I saw some guy coming back down the trail carrying the dog down he had brought with him because it was sooo exhausted. Anyways... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful opening to our Christmas Day! We arrived at the park around 8 am, parking was filling up fast so go early. The climb was gradual but forgiving. We passed many smiling faces going and coming, we watched for whales as some hikers had spoke of whale sightings...we didn't see any on this trip. Along the way there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Good fun with the Oahu hikers and adventure group. Parking is typical for Oahu but the trail was nice for an easy hike and the view is always great!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Nice easy hike with a beautiful view at the top. We went when it was pouring with rain in the morning it was pretty deserted when we were there. They should have a bench for people to sit on while waiting for a pick up.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The lighthouse is a little underwhelming, but the view from the top is fantastic. You can see a cliffy shoreline and a small island close-by. There are also good views of Kokohead. The path is all paved and it looked like it was convenient for people with kids in strollers. Walking briskly, it took me about 30 minutes to hike... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

This is a paved trail, large enough for strollers, uphill to the lighthouse, and a delightful downhill on the way back. There is NO shade, so bring a hat, sunscreen and lots of water. The views are beyond wonderful. Green mountains against blue, blue water and a red-topped lighthouse. Looks like a postcard. But it is hot! Did I say... More 

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Damascus, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

The view is amazing on the way up and back down. Take the time as the water view from this area is remarkable. Deep deep deep blue waters, waves crashing below against the rocks. It takes some time, make sure and have some water with you. Enjoy it.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

This is a really nice place to visit for a variety of reason - you can have any easy stroll or a great workout over all the side trials that exist on the headland. The views are fabulous and the lightouse is very cute - shame you can't get up close. Didn't see any whales on my visit, but what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Went here with my wife and toddler in a stroller. Go early before the sun gets too hot. We went close to noon and it was hot. Nice view once you get to the top. I haven't done any other trails, but if you are using a stroller, this one is paved the entire way. Nice views throughout the hike.... More 

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