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“Hike to Makapuu Lighthouse” 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 #4 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.
Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Hike to Makapuu Lighthouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Fantastic feeling. Great Hike. Lot's of whales. Invigorating and scenic. Can see all the way to Diamond Head and Kaneohe Marine Base.

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful trail, take it to see whales”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a great trail, easy, wonderful views, the best whale-watching spot from land during the whale season. As always in Hawaii, start early. Very small children can walk this trail, as well as elders.

I go there a couple of times a month during whale season. It is a super place for a short hike.

Visited April 2013
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“Excellent time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We really enjoyed our hike here. Very gradual paved incline path leads to some incredibly beautiful views. About an hour and a half to two hours hiking, plus travel time there from Waikiki. Highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
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“Missed it, saw from helicopter, beautiful.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We saw this from our helicopter near the end of our trip. This is one of the most beautiful places on the island. Sure wish we had gone exploring here, instead of wasting our day at the touristy north shore. We got stuck in traffic for a couple of hours, along with a bunch of other vulnerable tourists. Why did we waste the day driving there when we had a perfect beach at Waikiki? North shore full of touristy shops and restaurants, overpriced and overcrowded and unremarkable. Next time, we will go to Makapuu.

Visited June 2013
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“A great sight to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This was one of the best sights to see. Just a bus ride away from the center of town. Great views to see.

Visited August 2012
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