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Address: Near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course on Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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Further along Kalanianaole Highway is the Makapuu Lighthouse hiking trail....

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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Great sunrise trail!

This is a great sunrise trail, it is all paved and 2 miles there and back. Make sure you start about 20-30 minutes prior to the sunrise to be able to catch it at the top. I only... read more

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great sunrise trail, it is all paved and 2 miles there and back. Make sure you start about 20-30 minutes prior to the sunrise to be able to catch it at the top. I only saw about 7 people on the hike that morning on the way up, but we were the only ones at the top... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful walk on a wide, asphalt path. There are steep drop offs along the side of the paved path, without guard rails, but we saw plenty of kids, strollers, etc. the views all along the way and especially at the top are incredible! This is a must do!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were just driving past and saw the blow of a whale. Pulled in and watched. We could see many whales, not that close to shore so bring binoculars. It was midweek and the parking lot was still jammed but worth it for a great view.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There was plenty of parking and the trail is paved to the top. From the top one can see down two of the coasts with fantastic views. It is worth a stop while on Oahu.

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Wahiawa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice trail on the east side of Oahu. The trail is paved and not too steep; great for beginners and kids. Its about 1.35 miles from start to end; 2.7 miles roundtrip. You can pretty much see everything in about two hours. Parking is very limited on weekends so make sure to go early.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just like many other view in Hawaii, this one is breath taking. Never fails to impress even though I hike there so many times. Relatively easy hike, but always make sure that you bring water, wear sunscreen and hold your hat tight because it can be windy in some areas. Go in the morning or after 4pm.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What’s attractive about the hike is: 1 - it’s a short ascent, just around 1.5km. 2 - the view at the top is breathtaking, of the scenic shoreline of Makapu’u beach stretching toward the North Shore, of southeastern Oahu including the inside of Koko Crater, crystal tide pools and waves breaking dramatically against the base of the cliff far below.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We really expected the focus to be the lighthouse, but the trail actually bypasses the light house and goes to the peak of the hill. We realized that at one point, and continued on top get the view and some pictures of the spectacular views, and read some stuff on the lighthouse, but I really wanted to get into the... More 

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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love going to Makapuu lighthouse specially during whale season. The hike is nice and not hard, just make sure you take water and some snacks so you can stop at the top and rest eat something to head back down, you can take beautiful pictures all the way, the walk is nice not hard since the pave the whole... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely beautiful! It's the perfect amount of hiking and there is so much to see on the way to the lighthouse. I highly recommend for easy hikers!

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