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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 159 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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las vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Paved easy trail. The views were just amazing. It does get hot, but it was so worth it. We loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This trail is paved and not too strenuous. There is a fantastic view and memorial at the top. Be warned there is very little shade and no bathrooms or water available. Prepare ahead of time. Sometimes you can see the whales from the trail as well.

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Warren, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This was fun, but exhausting. Took about 2 hours. to climb and hill and return (return hiker was easy). Some great views up the hill and once you reach the top the lighthouse is wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Went at sunset, amazing views of turtle island and islands in between. A great hike that locals do over and over again. Enjoy

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Can be hot and windless in the Lee of ridge as you walk up and there is also no toilets at start but views along the windward coast and offshore islands is excellent

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We drove east from Honolulu on Hwy 72. Ocean views on this side of the island are spectacular, well worth renting a car to see. This is a 1 mile, ( 2 miles total) hike up a paved path incline with very little shade. It is hot, dry, and hot. It is a moderately difficult hike and you need to... More

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We have visited Makapuu Lighthouse many times and love it. It is on the windward side of Oahu and easy to find. They now have an easy entrance and good parking. The sites along the way are great and seeing Makapuu tops it off perfectly. We love lighthouses and the ocean, and Makapuu offers both of these with an easy... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Go early in the morning before the crowds come. It is a short but beautiful hike with great views and interesting vegetation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Did this hike in short amount of time. Really beautiful climb. Had a little trouble adjusting to the altitude but otherwise not bad. Go as early in day as possible because it does get hot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Not so advertised is that the lighthouse is just kinda neat. You go to an overlook to see it. The AMAZING part is first go to the very very top for a spectacular all-island view--it's only a little more of a walk to get there and the trails are safe. Part 2 is there is an amazing cliff trail that... More

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