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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 #9 of 155 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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Short, slightly steep hike on a paved road (about 2 miles round trip). Spectacular ocean and coastal views. There are even pill boxes (circa World War II era) to check out. If you're lucky, you may even get to see whales.

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed to walk up even in the rain. And very humbling to read the Epitaph of several pilots last at this point in 1942.

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Riverside, California
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24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Although it can get warm, this easy trail offers great views. We even saw a few whales passing by in early March. What an amazing experience!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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284 reviews 284 reviews
17 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

An easy hike to the top of Paradise! After some minor effort one is rewarded with a breathtaking panorama, Rabbit Island and Molokai on a clear day. Water, sun screen important. Rest rooms are not available at all.

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Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

this was amazing. the hike is super easy and so much fun. definitely suggest going to watch sunrise which means entering the park about 45 minutes before sunrise. take water, a snack, sunglasses, and a hat. Enjoy!

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Chicago, Illinois
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This hike was enjoyable and offered supreme views. We were in bright sunshine the entire time, so sunscreen is highly recommended for future travelers. The main trail itself was mostly paved and somewhat dull until we got to an alternate hike that led down to a lava shelf at the ocean. Once there, we found some tide pools for swimming... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Good trail on the east side of the Island and much more interesting than Diamond Head. I would say that the hike is moderate at best so good for any age.

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Minnetrista, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This was a nice walk with rewarding views of the island you cannot see from the road. Impressively huge waves crash onto the shores and rocks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The trail is completely paved with a bunch of switchbacks to keep it from feeling too steep. Our 6 year old had no problem doing it. There is an overlook area about 2/3 of the way up that you may be lucky enough to see whales from - we saw some, which made our daughter ecstatic. There are fun little... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

First, the turn off for the parking lot is NOT labeled Makapuu - it is Ka'iwi State Scenic Shoreline. It *is* the one you're looking for, really. Parking lot does get full, but people park on the gravel, etc. You'll find a spot. As noted elsewhere, path is easy, paved. But take water - it does get warm. Some whales... More

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