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“Nice Walk with Great Views” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
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Ranked #14 of 317 things to do in Honolulu
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Fee: No
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.
Kelowna, Canada
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Nice Walk with Great Views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

This was a very nice walk with great views from the top - as others suggested give yourself extra time at the top, it's nice to hang out look around at some of the bunkers etc. Be sure you go to the very top - not just the viewing area. It would have been nice to go down and see the lighthouse closer up, but you can't. Definately take water - it gets really warm at certain spots where there is no breeze on the walk.

Visited June 2013
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Ennis, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“One of the better hikes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

I loved this hike! We went further than the lighthouse on the trails through the cacti and native plants, climbing a rough, rocky trail. We were rewarded with WWII bunkers that we were able to look at up close and imagine what life was like as a gunner inside one of these concrete armaments. Now covered with graffiti, and apparently used by homeless people, they are quite a contrast to the gunnery at Diamond Head. The hike is steep, so it makes for good exercise. My 72 year old companion and cancer survivor jogged up, making me feel out of shape for someone quite a bit younger. On the way down, we noticed numerous whales and could hear their tails slapping the water. This hike is excellent.

Visited March 2013
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Wolverine, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Wonderful views - not for the faint of heart”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

This was an amazing view! We got some wonderful photos from here. We were a little disappointed that it took you above the lighthouse & could not go to the lighthouse. The walk is a little on the steep side so take your time. Definitely a must do!

Visited February 2013
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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best views in Hawaii...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

It's a long steep walk, very windy and hot but the view is beyond description. Saw cactus plants up top which I didn't expect, the actual lighthouse isn't accessible fwiw but you can look down at it from the top. The color of the water that you see from the top is the most amazing blue you will ever see. Worth the walk just wear good shoes!

Visited June 2013
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Antioch, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very pretty”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

It is a beautiful lighthouse that sit atop a hill overlooking the ocean didn'y like the hike and the crowd

Visited May 2013
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