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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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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

A one-mile hike on a mostly paved trail brings you to a viewpoint above the eastern-most point on Oahu, just above Makapuu Lighthouse. Hold on to your hat...the wind blows hard here. the view is worth it, parking lot is free, and the walk is an easy 20-30 minute walk each day. If it's clear, and it usually is, you... More 

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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This is a paved trail that takes about 45 minutes to walk up. There is about 450 feet of elevation gain and it is not too steep. The day we were there it was quite windy so be prepared to hold onto your hat in spots! Once you get to the place where you can see the lighthouse (it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This trail has a light incline with a paved road all the way. It is an easy walk (approx 40 min) where we stopped many times to look at the flowers, birds and cacti. At the top you get a great vantage point!

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Seattle, Washington
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

very easy hike to the lookout and lighthouse. Paved path but still recommend shoes, not slippers. Take lots of pictures of both directions. Don't forget rabbit island too!

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We do this trail every time we come to oahu. Almost anyone can do if you just pace yourself. The views are worth it. All paved road. Can take a detour once you get to the top and actually do more climbing on rocks (more challenging) to get to the top to see the Army gunnery huts.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The hike itself was easy to walk; it was paved and wide enough to accommodate a lot of folks. The views at the top were gorgeous. It took about 30 minutes to get to the top. I went during dusk and took a flashlight. It is VERY hot during the day so make sure you take water and sunscreen and... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The nicest view is waiting for you! The ocean has 2 different colors. Waikiki side is a deep blue and you might see some whales. The other side, Kailua side is a blue and blue-green. Both are very beautiful!! Nice air! Nice view! It's hard to find a parking if you go there weekend or holiday season.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This hike is paved almost all the way to the top. It's relatively well maintained and a good to do in an hour. Enjoy the view at the top. Warning: a bunch of buffoons have carved their names in cactus.

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Southern Pines, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Although the trail is all uphill on the way there, the scenery is magnificent, and is well worth the effort. We went just before midday, and I would suggest that it would be more comfortable earlier in the morning. Bring water with you. There are no facilities of any kind.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Very easy hike that culminates in such stunning views of the East shore of Oahu. If you like photography this is the hike for you, simply magical! Best in early or late day as it gets very hot, bring water and a small umbrella for shade. Highly recommend this hike.

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