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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course on Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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Ranked #6 of 160 Attractions in Honolulu
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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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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed this excursion. The day we went was cloudy, so we didn't have to worry about the sun exposure that would be an issue on a sunnier day. If it is sunny when you go, definitely wear a hat and apply sunscreen. The walk is moderately difficult all the way to the top because it is a steady... More

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We live in the area, and go to Makapuu to take a nice long walk, and enjoy the ocean views, and to do some photography. It is a very touristy spot, but it is a nice walk, and we usually meet some interesting people walking their dogs, or various tourist from all over the world. It is a good spot... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

It's not hard, but a bit long. Round trip took about an hour. The view at the top is AMAZING! Better than Diamond Head.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Makapu'u is a nice hike for visitors: beautiful views, paved trail, and an incline that lets you know you're working out (but is it too difficult). Distance is about 2.5 miles roundtrip. Only downsides are lack of a toilet and limited parking. To solve the first stop at Sandy Beach enroute to Makapu'u if you're coming from the Hawai'i Kai/Hanauma... More

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Burnaby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Beautiful view of the pacific ocean and on a clear day, you maybe able to see Molokai. Paved walkway but pretty long and hot. Lighthouse view is amazing as well. Trail may take about 45mins

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Paved path up and back. First portion is hot as the trades are blocked. But the end at the top is cool due to breeze and the views are awesome. Be warned: no bathrooms!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Makapu`u Lighthouse trail is very popular, actually an old black top paved road to the top of the ridge! Its located on the East shores of Oahu, and subsequent to attaining the top of the ridge affords spectacular views in every direction. Great place to watch the whales, when they are migrating South for the winter! Also, I highly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Did the walk in the morning and liked it very much. Its a paved path climbing slowly in the coast line.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

it is a very good hike and there is very little relief from the sun. Be well sunscreened and have water with you. It took us 65 minutes round trip, but could be much longer depending on your fitness level. It is a small lighthouse but for us it was about seeing different views and getting some good cliffside photo... More

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Guelph
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We really enjoyed this trail. We choose to go there late afternoon. This time of the day is not too hot. We took hundreds of pictures. The view is unbeatable!

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