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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 #6 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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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Easy hike for all ages. Entirely paved. Our youngest hiked it in flip flops! We did the trail up and back in under 2 hours. Gorgeous views so bring your camera!! There are no facilities or water so plan accordingly. There is a lot of parking but it also gets full quick. However usually there are people coming and going... More

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Humble, Texas
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18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We hiked up the path to view the light house in July 2014. Its a good stretch of the legs and goes up quite a bit, but if are worried about it being too strenuous - dont. We encountered plenty of strollers going up and down the path. Its all paved and very scenic. At the very top is an... More

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Walker, Louisiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

You can get some nice photos here and see some whales right off the shore. The only drawback is they have the trail to the lighthouse gated off so you can not go all the way to the lighthouse.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Tip: the Light house hike is not the same as the Makapuu lookout point. If you hit the Lookout, you have gone to far, turn around and take the immediate left onto the road for the trailhead. You can climb over the hill to the lighthouse from the lookout point, but the trail is narrowed, unmarked, and probably not entirely... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Parking is limited and it gets HOT later in the day, so go early! The road is paved, if steep, and not very long to get to some of the best views of the Waimanalo end of Windward Oahu. During the winter, watch for humpback whales breaching off shore. At any time of the year, scan the water to see... More

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Allen, Tx
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Paved walkway with scenic views. Lighthouse closed off so you can only see it in the distance. Go early to avoid the heat of the day since there is really no shade. It's not a long hike but the incline can be challenging for those not in great shape.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The trail is all paved and although up hill, its relatively easy. This trail is best for sunrise as its facing the east. There are a lot of photo ops as well. The actual lighthouse is blocked off so you can't actually go to it, which was disappointing for me. But the trail takes you to a scenic point on... More

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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Makapuu lighthouse trail also has a beautiful scenic appeal with jagged cliffs and turquoise blue waters. If you are lucky, you may also get a glimpse of the humpback whales in the water as you walk along! I definitely recommend this place! There isn't any fee, however finding a parking spot close by might be a challenge!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

You can go to the trail on your own if you have a car and you do not need to pay for the tour. There is no entrance cost. I used go card but I figured out I did not have to.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. The hike isn't easy because it's steep but the trail is paved so that makes it easier. The views were AMAZING! I took photos the whole time. It took me and my husband 3+ hours to hike the trail up and back. We did stop and do a few... More

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