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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course on Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course on Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a nicely paved two mile uphill trail to fantastic panoramic views! Oh, and there is a lighthouse there too. The lighthouse is down the cliff and inaccessible, but really is only part of the attraction. Did I mention it is uphill? Be prepared...More

Thank a123nt
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Makapuu lighthouse trail is perfect for families of all ages as with their paved trail makes it very comfortable to bring small children or little doggies too! Multi stopping/ viewing points where, during certain times of the year you can actually see whales too. The...More

Thank AlohabyLA
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband did the whole walk but it was too much for me, so I waited at one of the rest stops for him to return. He thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank Diana K
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was an easy hike. We took our dog with us. It was pretty hot, I would hike it next time in the morning instead of afternoon. We were able to see some whales spouting off the coast and had beautiful views at the top...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This trail is steep and longer than the sign says, but manageable as it is paved and wide the entire way. The views are incredible. We caught sight of some of the other islands, too. Bring water-you'll need it. Also, be aware that there are...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful views on this fully paved trail. Gradual incline. Good for all ages. Keep little children in strollers because there are no railings or walls, except for scenic lookouts. No restroom facilities or water.

Thank JoAnne C
Reviewed 1 week ago

great views on an easy (but steep) path. Start early, it gets hot and there is no shade (but some breeze at the top)

Thank johnmarkrogers
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did both the Diamond Head hike and the Makapu'u Lighthouse trail and enjoyed both but I think the views from Makapu'u were the most beautiful. As others have commented, it is tricky to get a parking spot in the small lot and it gets...More

Thank jbmandm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great views on a paved uphill hike! Hike is about a mile or two. Good for families, site-seeing, and training.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a paved hike about 2 miles up the mountain with absolutely fabulous views. This is about the only hike I would say you would be able to safely bring your kids to. The reason why I say this was the most impressive views...More

Thank Alexandra S
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Brittany R
June 24, 2017|
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Response from ECL | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the trail from the parking lot to the light house viewing is paved; its uphill and not too steep and strollers should be quite possible.
Pete S
October 14, 2016|
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Response from blowhole2010 | Reviewed this property |
While the answer is yes to public bus transport to the lighthouse...do yourself and traveling party a BIG favour and rent a car..for the day trip....besides it will allow you more flexibility if u decide to stop a other... More
September 21, 2016|
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Response from 808DawnPatrol | Reviewed this property |
All free, but parking is tight because of the popularity of the trail with locals and tourists. Go early...best time of the day.