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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 earlier morning walk

This is an easy and safe walk especially in the early morning. The grade is gradual and not severe so older folks and kids should be able to do this without much preparation or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an easy and safe walk especially in the early morning. The grade is gradual and not severe so older folks and kids should be able to do this without much preparation or planning. It can get hot after 8 am but the sunrise from the top of the lighthouse ridge is the best in east Honolulu.

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This hike is uphill all the way to the top (a little over a mile?) - so be prepared for that. Walking at a moderate pace and stopping a few times to enjoy the view and breeze, give yourself at least 45 minutes prior to sunrise to get to the top. Gorgeous views and friendly people await you with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Be there around 5.30am, park the car safely along the main street, and hike up the asphalt road to see ever changing spectacular sunrises. Due to car break-ins, put your personal items in the trunk, or leave at home.

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Province of Seville, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hawaii offers a wide variety of options for hiking. This is one of the "easy" ones. Not too sharp, not too long and paved ground. The views from the top (and along the trail) are just astonishing, as most of what you can experience in this island

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We hiked this trail to attempt to get a glimpse of whales and to explore the pillbox bunkers along the ridge. It is a steep hike, but is paved and has a few lookout points as well as an observation point at the top. There is a good amount of parking if you arrive early or later in the afternoon.If... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Paved road the whole way. Cute little lighthouse at the top....you can see whales, outer islands, beautiful coastline, etc. what more can you ask for?

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Thank Randi C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice easy trail and recently paved path and lookout areas. We had a great time even tho it was drizzling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were not very sure as we have a toddler and he'd have to take him in a push chair. But we did it and were glad we did. The views at the top were breathtaking and the hike was not hard. Its about 3 miles round trip, so carry water with you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Go early or it gets really hot. A lot of reviews say this is an easy hike... I went to the top and it wasn't difficult, but it sure as hell wasn't a leisurely stroll. I could see it being difficult for others. Make sure to lock your car and don't leave anything visible.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wide tarmac path winds steadily to summit (20-30 mins) with nice views en route. Summit view weather dependent though really - would be pretty pointless in grey cloud. Parking turnover is quick, so do hang around for a bit. Personally, I thought the views were better from the roadside turnouts further along the coast (see photo provided), but requires no... More 

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