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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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Went here on a whim. It is spectacular. I only had flip flops which made the hike to the top much more difficult. With proper footwear it would be easy. Saw some whales and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here on a whim. It is spectacular. I only had flip flops which made the hike to the top much more difficult. With proper footwear it would be easy. Saw some whales and beautiful blue water

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great easy hike that is family friendly and so worth it! Views are absolutely spectacular. It doesn't take very long and there are many stopping points. It was very crowded, though, and parking is limited. Taking the bus is easy, though! Totally worth it!

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Thank Deborah H
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great sunrise trail, it is all paved and 2 miles there and back. Make sure you start about 20-30 minutes prior to the sunrise to be able to catch it at the top. I only saw about 7 people on the hike that morning on the way up, but we were the only ones at the top... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful walk on a wide, asphalt path. There are steep drop offs along the side of the paved path, without guard rails, but we saw plenty of kids, strollers, etc. the views all along the way and especially at the top are incredible! This is a must do!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were just driving past and saw the blow of a whale. Pulled in and watched. We could see many whales, not that close to shore so bring binoculars. It was midweek and the parking lot was still jammed but worth it for a great view.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There was plenty of parking and the trail is paved to the top. From the top one can see down two of the coasts with fantastic views. It is worth a stop while on Oahu.

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Wahiawa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice trail on the east side of Oahu. The trail is paved and not too steep; great for beginners and kids. Its about 1.35 miles from start to end; 2.7 miles roundtrip. You can pretty much see everything in about two hours. Parking is very limited on weekends so make sure to go early.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just like many other view in Hawaii, this one is breath taking. Never fails to impress even though I hike there so many times. Relatively easy hike, but always make sure that you bring water, wear sunscreen and hold your hat tight because it can be windy in some areas. Go in the morning or after 4pm.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What’s attractive about the hike is: 1 - it’s a short ascent, just around 1.5km. 2 - the view at the top is breathtaking, of the scenic shoreline of Makapu’u beach stretching toward the North Shore, of southeastern Oahu including the inside of Koko Crater, crystal tide pools and waves breaking dramatically against the base of the cliff far below.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really expected the focus to be the lighthouse, but the trail actually bypasses the light house and goes to the peak of the hill. We realized that at one point, and continued on top get the view and some pictures of the spectacular views, and read some stuff on the lighthouse, but I really wanted to get into the... More 

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