Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Honolulu: Address, Makapuu Lighthouse Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
4.5
Historic Walking Areas • Hiking Trails
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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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More than 3 hours
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kingmama
Glen Mills, PA388 contributions
Really enjoyed!
Sep 2021
Stayed at Marriott Ko Olina on West Coast so came here on weekend to avoid Honolulu traffic. Would have been ~50 min but we took the SE coast route and stopped at multiple scenic spots/beaches along the way. With traffic, it can be 30 min longer!

Wide, paved trail. Feels steeper/hotter first half but then get to the strong breeze and views! Must bring water! Great views, work off the pina colada's, enjoy coastal beauty without serious hiking. Informative placards at the top about the lighthouse & folks who maintained it.

Drove 20 min up to Kailua Beach Park & Buzz's Steakhouse for lunch afterwards. Drove back on scenic Highway 3. Perfect Day!!!
Written October 22, 2021
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MamaGal
339 contributions
Loved this better than Diamond Head
Sep 2021
This was one of my favorite hikes on Oahu. Beautiful views and not overly crowded. The path is paved and extra wide so plenty of rooms to pass people easily. Not much shade so remember your water. There is no restroom or drinking water available here, but Waimanalo Beach is a short drive (less than 3 miles) and they have restrooms.

The views were awesome! Once you leave Waikiki, it is amazing that there are places where you aren't on top of each other. It was windy so hold on to your hat at the top.
Written October 4, 2021
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Hatzlacha
Virginia768 contributions
Trail for the masses
Oct 2021
I actually enjoyed this one a bit better than Diamond Head. Wider path, busy but not walking on top of your neighbor, and plenty of good views. A little rougher from a heights perspective, since there are no guardrails, but still plenty safe. Easier to take a break (or jog, depending on your fitness) on the way up/down along the way.
Written October 2, 2021
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lrbuffington
Dandridge, TN13 contributions
Beautiful views
Sep 2021
Beautiful views from the top! Paved path all the way and lots of beautiful views if you need to take any breaks along the way.
Written September 22, 2021
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Bean-Buggles
Plumsteadville, PA357 contributions
Nice trail with great views
Aug 2021 • Friends
We really enjoyed this trail to the lighthouse. Its a nice walk with wonderful views of the ocean since you’re at a higher elevation. There is no shade so be prepared with water, spf, hats, and sunglasses. We did this in mid morning and stopped afterwards for some coffee and shave ice and then to visit the Byodo-in Temple. The parking lot gets full so be prepared to spend time waiting for one. We lucked out and got one right at the front. No restrooms so best to go before you get there. Note that the lighthouse is closed and you cannot go directly to it.
Written September 12, 2021
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MichelleGrenier
San Antonio, TX314 contributions
Great SUNNY Hike!
Aug 2021 • Family
This hike is not for the faint of heart. Yes, it’s completely paved and small children can go on it but be prepared. It’s 2 miles round trip and steep at some points. What will get you is the sun. There is no shade so bring a hat and water! Also wear appropriate shoes. Can you do it in flip flops? Yes, but it won’t be comfortable. Parking is free and the hike is free. The route to get there is very scenic.
Written August 20, 2021
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Theresa
Los Angeles, CA37 contributions
Great hike for all!
Aug 2021 • Family
I’m not much into hiking but I wanted to do this hike for the views and because of reading reviews claiming it’s easy, at least compared to let’s say, Diamond Head. I don’t even like cardio or working out and found this trail to be great. The scenery was just breathtaking all around. Even if it goes up hill, it didn’t make my ankles or calves hurt afterwards either. There wasn’t any shade so yes it will get hot if you go right in the afternoon. Definitely bring a hat, sunglasses, and put on sunscreen. It is a pretty short trail so depending how fast you walk, it could take 45 or more round trip. I’d recommend on the way up or down to stop and see the blowhole. This is also is on the way to Hanauma Bay if you’re lucky to get reservations for it. We got lucky with parking but the lot is small so it might be challenging once it gets packed. No cost whatsoever for anything!
Written August 16, 2021
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DenisD
4 contributions
Good Views, trail was a little steep
Jul 2021
The views were really nice but the trail was a little steep. The lighthouse is small but the ocean views are really good
Written August 4, 2021
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Cynthia V
Miami, FL60 contributions
Hiking Trail to Lighthouse
Jul 2021
Please make sure to wear sneakers, gym clothes, hat, sunblock and take water. The hiking is for people who usually walk, exercise and are in fairly good shape. Views are spectacular.
Written July 26, 2021
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Eddie
Apple Creek, OH22 contributions
Spectacular views
Jul 2021 • Friends
This was a great hike for all ages. Paved trail for relatively easy walking on a paved path. At times the incline was steep but doable. Great views from many lookouts. Would recommend for anyone.
Written July 22, 2021
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