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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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Nice views and possible whale sightings spot between Nov & Mar

A very well maintained, easy to navigate path winds upwards to some beautiful views and during November and March its possible to see whales migrating. Its 3miles return which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A very well maintained, easy to navigate path winds upwards to some beautiful views and during November and March its possible to see whales migrating. Its 3miles return which makes it pretty easy for almost anyone and the ascent is gradual so nothing too crazy in the Hawaiian heat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I rented a car from Budget Waikiki, a very convenient car rental place from 7 Am to 9:45 PM daily, to touring around Oahu. This was my first stop. I arrived before 8:30 AM still had some parking space. Be there before 9 AM, parking will not be a problem. The Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is very beautiful and easy for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cool lighthouse at the end of the trail. Good coastline views. Path has recently been renovated - paved and wide, but relatively steep in a few places. Still a little construction going on at the top lookout, but fully accessible. No facilities in the parking are or up top - make sure your empty before you start!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was amazed my little granddaughter of 2 years walked to the top of this path. I was totally re-paved with asphalt as opposed to being a rocky uneven narrow path last year. We were rewarded with picturesque views of the sandy beach coastline, kailua beach and makapuu bay. Several whales were frolicking and boats heading out in the blue... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Please note--the trail is undergoing construction right now at the top. But, you can still go to the lookout and look out over the ocean. The trail is paved and has lots of beautiful vistas. It's easy enough you can take kids on it. If you are adventuresome, you can go down to the tidal pools (off trail and a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great walk especially with all the eating one does on holiday. Great views along the way. Remember to bring water and there are no bathrooms at the top.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best hikes for families. It's free. It's paved. The view is amazing. Two of my friends have infants that they carried up the trail. Wear sunscreen though and bring water. It can get hot. Oh and we also saw whales!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This steep and paved path leads to spectacular views and historical sites (if you take time to read the signs). Many dirt "trails" spur from the paved path. We did not explore these as they did not look very official or safe. Worth the time and energy. Free but limited parking, no restooms.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This short paved hike leads to several amazing vistas. The lighthouse is not on the trail but is visible from viewing areas. The climbs is steady, but people used to walking will have little trouble.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our hike here. The views were amazing at the top, and the newly paved trail was in great shape. Aside from it being uphill most of the way up, it is quite an easy hike, but there is no shade so take a hat and sunscreen and a lot of water!!

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