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“The scenic view makes the effort worth it!” 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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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.
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“The scenic view makes the effort worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The view when you get to the top is amazing, truly a postcard scene.. try to go earlier in the day as it gets hot with zero shade walking on asphalt walkway.. definitely wear comfortable shoes, take plenty of water and don't forget your sun protection.. oh and a camera!
If you are driving, I suggest you drive your car down all the way to the end of the carpark and see if there are free spots - not grab the first one you see which could be a bit of walk to the trail start.

Visited April 2013
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“Longer than you think”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

Nice hike on a paved path with great views. On a clear day you can see three other islands.

For bonus points climb up the hill west of the lookout to a few WWII era pillboxes (concrete bunkers).

Plan on a couple of leisurely hours, so sunscreen up and bring water

Visited September 2013
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“Its a scorcher! Bring your hat, sunscreen, a big bottle of water and a master lock to lock your love!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is a completely completely paved, upward incline trail that circles around the mountian and leads to a beautiful view of the winward (east) coast of the island.

As it is pavement and the mountian blocks the breeze coming off of the ocean, make sure to bring plenty of water on a hot sunny day because you will need it.

Once you round the mountian to the top you'll be rewarded with a wonderful breeze and a really amazing view of the coastline. The road to the lighthouse itself is barricaded off with a pretty intense government sign blocking the way but you can get a great view of it from above.

Near the top you will pass a small memorial spot for 9 Navy aviators who lost their lives in 1942 after crashing near that spot for all of you history buffs and once you get to the lookout point you will notice that many people have started the trend of bringing locks with their names on it and attaching it to the fence. We didn't know about this but we enjoyed admiring all of the locks that had been placed by people who had come before us.

If you're looking to get more adventurous, there are a few pillboxes (WWII Lookout points) to the left of the lookout point that can be accessed by another, pretty well defined trail.

After you're done with your hike there is another dirt path at the bottom of the trail (near the parking lot) that will lead you to the Pele's Chair rock formation and the Tidepools for some swimming.

I was told that it is wise to make sure to put away all valuables and lock up your car while in the parking lot so i'm passing this advice along although I never saw or suspected anything suspicious while there.

Visited September 2013
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“A hot hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I'm not in the best shape and I made it up the trail. Great views along the way. The light house is not accessible but you can see it from above. Bring plenty of water there is no shade along the way. The trail is paved.

Visited September 2013
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“Get a Little Exercise on this Trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We were staying in the Koko Marina area. Our hostess advised against the Koko Crater "1000 steps" (or more) trail. She suggested the Makapuu lighthouse as an alternative. The views are splendid and the reward is wonderful. This trail is more "moderate" than "easy". True, the surface is paved, but on a hot day, drinking water is essential and the trail seems to go onward and upward for a loong time.
Wear good shoes, take water and use sunscreen/wear a hat and enjoy this gem!

Visited September 2013
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