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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 123 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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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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Enumclaw, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This is pretty easy hike and is great for different vistas on the way up and up at the top. You can see all the way to Koko Head and Diamond Head on the way up and along the coastline to Lanikai Beach at the top. It is paved all the way but is quite hot and sunny. Bring plenty... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Every morning my boyfriend and I did a hike and this was one our our favorites! The paved path made it very easy to navigate up the hill. The views were amazing. I especially liked this trail b/c you were close to the ocean and could look out on viewing places and search for whales. Plus, I felt safe leaving... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Great and easy hike with paved trail leading to beautiful views from the top. Supposed to be a great whale watching area from Dec - Mar. Old gun batteries on surrounding hills which is doable but not easy. Take 22 or 23 bus from Waikiki on Kuhio. Bus dropped us a long way away from start of trail (about 2... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Its a well paved trail with beautiful look out spots on the way up. I saw lots of people in varying levels of fitness doing this walk. The hardest part - there is really no shade. I put on sunscreen again when I left the car, but I missed some big spots and got a weird shaped sunburn on my... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A completely paved trail from start to finish. We managed to see even a few strollers along the way. The path is deceivingly long, but given the low difficulty it is a manageable hike. You can catch some great views of the surrounding areas, including the Koko crater. At the end of the trail, you'll reach a mountaintop where you... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Definitely take a side trip over to Makapuu. There is a paved road that is a bit of a hike but easy enough with water in tow. The lighthouse is gorgeous and perfect for whale and rainbow sightings. There is also a gun turret that is interesting to climb into. Sneakers a must.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This trail is a very easy walk up a paved trail to some great scenic views of Oahu's West Coast. We arrived just before sunrise, and walked up with our 4 year old, and she had a great time looking for whales. We didn't see any, but the views can't be beat. Very relaxing, and we recommend getting there before... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This was a great "hike" to take with a friend. It was easy enough that we could talk non-stop the whole way and not be out of breath. Really beautiful view. Get out of your hotel in Waikiki with all those chain stores and see some real Hawaii on the Windward Side.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Paved trail all the way to the lookout/point. During in winter months, you can see the migrations of Whales here. Easy hike and great for family with small children. Even Fido loves it here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

this was an easy hike, people were pushing strollers... super easy! bring water. bring your camera. I had a blast on this hike. I really loved being able to take pictures.

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