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“One of the better hikes” 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 #7 of 164 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.
Ennis, Texas
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“One of the better hikes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I loved this hike! We went further than the lighthouse on the trails through the cacti and native plants, climbing a rough, rocky trail. We were rewarded with WWII bunkers that we were able to look at up close and imagine what life was like as a gunner inside one of these concrete armaments. Now covered with graffiti, and apparently used by homeless people, they are quite a contrast to the gunnery at Diamond Head. The hike is steep, so it makes for good exercise. My 72 year old companion and cancer survivor jogged up, making me feel out of shape for someone quite a bit younger. On the way down, we noticed numerous whales and could hear their tails slapping the water. This hike is excellent.

Visited March 2013
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“Wonderful views - not for the faint of heart”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

This was an amazing view! We got some wonderful photos from here. We were a little disappointed that it took you above the lighthouse & could not go to the lighthouse. The walk is a little on the steep side so take your time. Definitely a must do!

Visited February 2013
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“Best views in Hawaii...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

It's a long steep walk, very windy and hot but the view is beyond description. Saw cactus plants up top which I didn't expect, the actual lighthouse isn't accessible fwiw but you can look down at it from the top. The color of the water that you see from the top is the most amazing blue you will ever see. Worth the walk just wear good shoes!

Visited June 2013
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“Very pretty”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

It is a beautiful lighthouse that sit atop a hill overlooking the ocean didn'y like the hike and the crowd

Visited May 2013
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“Walk this trail for morning meditation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Easy trail since effort is slightly uphill early on and ease is on the way back on same path. The views are unbeatable. Early morning or just before sunset is most comfortable.

Visited May 2013
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