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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Address: Near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course on Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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Type: Hiking Trails, Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
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Owner description: Further along Kalanianaole Highway is the Makapuu Lighthouse hiking...
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Type: Hiking Trails, Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
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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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This is a great, family friendly hiking trail. It is mostly paved and we were able to push our stroller all the way to the top. The day we went, there were lots of whales out and we saw them jump out of the water about 30 times. My only suggestion is to arrive early as the small parking area... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Traveling one doesn't always have time to fit in exercise. This trail was perfect for getting in 45 minutes of reasonably good walking. There were a lot of people on the trail and parking was a challenge, but otherwise this is great.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

great little walk with amazing views. If you hit it whale season like we did the whales put on an amazing show. standing at the top you could hear the whale splashing even if they were way out to see.

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Diamond Springs, California
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The trail is about 1-1/2 miles RT. If coming from Honolulu, the trailhead is the road before the Makapuu Lighthouse Overlook parking area. The path is good, but it is steep. We were rewarded with a pod of humpbacks fishing as a group in the ocean just below the trail. The view of the beaches and the ocean beyond is... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is pretty much the easiest trail in Oahu. It's paved all the way up and it has a nice scenic vista of the southern windward side. Parking can be tough, and make sure that you don't leave ANYTHING valuable in your car, because break-ins can be common.

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Enfield, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

quite a hike but beautiful. Make sure you bring water to drink as there is nowhere to purchase it. we saw humpback whales on the way up this trail. The scenery is gorgeous. Hawaii for that matter is beautiful.

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Honolulu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is an incredibly easy hike. I have even taken my Mom on a wheelchair. 90% of the trail is a paved road, with potholes and bumps, but it's still a road. It turns and veers, while the beginning can be hot and humid, the turn will take you onto the east ledge, where it is usually breezy and comfortable.... More 

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Phuket, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I went there with the bus from Waikiki Beach, the bus ride itself was nice and easy and from the bus stop I walked to Makapuu. Along the way you will have a view of the Pacific Ocean, there is good chance that you will see whales, i was not lucky tho. There is a walk way down to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a spectacular hike. It is totally paved yet an uphill climb. But the views are spectacular. When you get to the top, you will not be disappointed. Some hikers even saw whales and everyone could see neighboring islands. The thing to remember is that parking is VERY limited and it will try your patience to get a spot.... More 

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anacortes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Great views from the top and along the walk. The trail is paved. It is exposed to the sun most of the way so carry water

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