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“Not designed for public transit users, but doable”

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 23, 2013

I took the #22 thebus which has a closest stop about 30 mins from the trail head. Get off at the last stop at Sea Life Park, use the washrooms across the highway, taking your chances crossing the road, as that is your last option. Enjoy the view of the surf there, it is spectacular. There are picnic tables and change rooms. Then walk along the highway, worrying about the cars that might swerve as the driver is distracted by the view and go up to the lookout point were there could have been a safer bus stop installed with a little bit of planning. At the far end of the lookout parking lot you will see another car park and a trail, walk along the highway again (how hard would it be to make a pedestrian path?) walk up the road and follow the clearly marked paved path to the highest lookout. There is also a dirt path that looks intriguing, but the lack of washrooms or cover for a pit stop caused me to return to the Sea Life bus stop. I enjoyed the hike, the footing is fine, there isn't a lot of shade and the wind will take most hats off your head. Worth doing but if I had little kids with me I would want to drive there rather than risk the highway walk.

Thank Ginger I
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We saw a couple of humbback whales playing in the see there.
But it's very windy back the hill so make sure you are prepared and wear more.

Thank lyysmile
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

We has a great time climbing up for the view at Makapuu. The view was great but it was a little windy. Get a map of the island so you do not miss this.

Thank Joni M
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Very easy paved "trail" which ends at a nice lookout, trail to the lighthouse itself was closed though. Overall the "trail" was very crowded, parking lot was full as well. It is a really short "hike" so it can be easily done when passing by.

Other reviews have mentioned whale watching, we went there in prime whale watching season and I did bring decent binoculars but the only whales to be seen where of the human kind, slowly moving up and down the "trail".

Thank Captain_0veur
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Not sure how I missed this one after 5 visits to Oahu. Can be very windy. But great paved trail. Not particularly strenuous. And you can do it in flip flops pushing a stroller. Spectacular ocean and valley view. At some points you can see ocean in 3 diff directions. I would not bring small children unless in stroller.

Thank Amy_HPM
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