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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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Perfect hike for families. Beware: no shade and no facilities

This was our favourite walk on the island. Go early or late as there is no shade and even in the afternoon with the wind, the heat was brutal. Should have brought more water. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Arrawarra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was our favourite walk on the island. Go early or late as there is no shade and even in the afternoon with the wind, the heat was brutal. Should have brought more water. We all loved it. Easy parking. Easy to find. Lots to see. Lots of benches to rest. Lots of viewing platforms. Free binoculars to watch the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a lovely little hike up to a very scenic overlook, plus a lighthouse! This is less busy than Diamond Head - virtually deserted on a weekday. Nice easy hike up. Path is paved and even. Views pay off too.

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Thank hscheftel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The hike is definitely worth it. I misunderstood the trail. It is about 1 mile, uphill the entire time. That is important to note! Also, the top of the hill will give you access to view the lighthouse, but you can't go in it. But, the views of the water and the scenery is still worth the hike. Parking can... More 

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Saint Marys, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Freshly paved walkway to the lighthouse with scenic views all the way. The hike can easily completed in an hour. There were many people walking and pushing strollers with kids.

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Thank scwobler
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This trail is paved the entire way, takes 20 minutes to walk up at a moderate pace, and may reward you with rainbows, a cool breeze, and stunning views that rival those of the more taxing Diamond Head hike. If you love lighthouses, don't miss this!

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is probably one of the best trails for casuals. It offers scenic views all round on a well paved road. It's somewhat long and uphill all the way but the views at the end are worth it.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is such a beautiful hike! Several spots to stop along the way up to take pictures. It's a paved trail which is nice for all ages and especially nice if you have little ones you are carrying or pushing! It takes about 30 minutes to get up if you walk at a steady pace. We stopped along the way... More 

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Linden, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

But be warned, this is an uphill 1.2 mile hike. While paved, it will be challenging if you are out of shape or have physical limitations. I am in shape, but my wife is not. Wear comfortable shoes, and be ready to work.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The entire hike is paved and it's perfect for a casual stroll. If your adventurous enough, go down to the tide pools half way up! Make sure to go at low tide, the waves can knock you of the rocks if they get to high.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great hike for anyone. Seniors, strollers, maybe even a wheelchair, if you can take 3/4 mile each way. Gentle slope all the way up, with a wide, paved path. At the very top, there are steps to get to the lookout at the summit, but the lighthouse is below that, and viewable from the path. The real... More 

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