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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

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Address: Near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course on Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Description: Further along Kalanianaole Highway is the Makapuu Lighthouse hiking trail...
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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Great Hike bring water and sunscreen

Enjoyed the scenery and the beauty. Wear good shoes and your sunscreen and bring water. The views are beautiful. It's a good idea to bring binoculars to possibly see whales in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the scenery and the beauty. Wear good shoes and your sunscreen and bring water. The views are beautiful. It's a good idea to bring binoculars to possibly see whales in the distance.

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

It was at noon when we took to this trail with magnificent view all the way to the destination. Please never underestimate the SUN BURN and HEAT but, everything was worthwhile and if you have binocular, pls bring as quite possibly you'll see the humpback whales dancing, playing afar. And when reaching the very end of the trail, standing on... More 

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Auburn, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We weren't able to do the hike, but kinda able to see what view was available. They were doing construction on the trails to the lighthouse. Sadly it wasn't updated on their website that this was happening, so it was a bit of a waste of time on our end driving out there. Otherwise it would've been a great way... More 

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Great hike - with nice views of Makapuu bay below...a must see when a tropical storm brings massive waves that have first-break at the lighthouse and/or Bird, Rabbit Island. Bring your sunscreen as there is no cover and plenty of sun ;-)

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Great hike. Easy to moderate view. The views along the way are spectacular and , of course, the view from the lighthouse is your reward. We were fortunate enough to spot a couple of migrating whales as well.

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Verona, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

And don't go in the middle of the day when the sun is high & hot. The view, however, is absolutely beautiful.

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Ocracoke, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a nice "hike." We found out later that you can veer from the main trail at the whale lookout sign and get down by the water for Dragon's Nostrils which are supposed to be very cool when they blow. You can't actually go to the lighthouse, it's protected by the park, but it's still spectacular views.

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Eastsound, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

the previous review indicated the trail was closed for 6 months. however, it is generally open weekends and closed during the week. see the website http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/hiking/oahu/index.cfm?hike_id=23 for current info

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Highly recommend this hike. It is paved so you can bring a stroller. It has gorgeous views and we saw many many whales. It is closed during the week so plan ahead. I would go earlier in the morning to get parking and avoid the peak of the afternoon sun.

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Bothell, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A nice easy hike, all paved can get hot, bring water. Moderate incline all the way, About 2.5 miles round trip. Great view from top.

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