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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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iowa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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 NEW 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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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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Montclair, New Jersey
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Scenic hike to beautiful lookout with panoramic views of Pacific, coastline, inland mountains, and smaller islands off the coast. In area? Have two hours? Worth it! Here's everything you need to know: No admission fee. Parallel parking along side of road at entrance. No bathrooms so plan accordingly! Approximately 3 miles round trip. Well maintained walking paths but wear sneakers... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The paved walkway leads to a nice lookout but go alittle further to reach the very top which has some old bunkers that can be stood on to get a 360 degree view. Slap on the sunscreen and bring along some water and a hat.

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Easy climb. Picture opportunities all along the way. Kinda cool being above the lighthouse after having been below during a photo shoot!

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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Short steep hike, with an incredible view at the top. Make sure to bring water and put on sun screen. Not much shade along the way.

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Zephyrhills
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

As is most of Hawaii, this lighthouse is in an absolutely beautiful setting. The exercise to get to it is a bit challenging for those of us who are not used to walking, but worth the walk. Take water and wear comfortable hiking shoes!

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