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“Whales!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course on Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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Ranked #5 of 124 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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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 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.
Chicago, Illinois
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“Whales!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This was an awesome hike! Not too challenging, WAY less crowded than Diamond Head, and it has spectacular whale watching from the trail. We must have seen dozens of whales. There are really beautiful views from most all points of the trail.

Visited March 2013
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Norfolk, Virginia
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“Lighthouse hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

This is an easy hike on asphalt. Feb and March are best times of year as you see whales like crazy! If someone in the party can't walk all that far - around the first bend are some stone pillars where they can stop and wait for you.

Visited March 2013
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North Smithfield, Rhode Island
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“Fairly easy hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I visited a friend in February 2013 and we did this relatively easy hike to the top of this trail. Parking is easy and there is no charge for anything. At the top you are looking down at the lighthouse and do not actually go right to the lighthouse.

Visited February 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Good views from the top”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The walk was short, elevated along the coast, though veering inland about half the time; it was a slow climb and would be very hot during the middle of the day.

Visited May 2012
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“Beautiful views...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We loved our "light hike" in March - got to see lots of whales... not much wind on our day, which meant lots of biting insects. They looked like gray ladybugs.

Visited March 2013
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