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“Looking for Whales”

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 September 3, 2013

A one-mile gentle climb up a gentle incline to reach a summit that offers a great look-out point for whale watching during season.
Great exercise. Great beaches nearby.
Is down the street from Sea Life Park, so can take the family to see a dolphin and sea lion show afterwards.

Thank CarolG1141
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Go early to beat the heat and bring lots of water and a camera to take plenty of pictures because the view is gorgeous at the top!

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Steady climb but well worth the views at the end. A lot of locals use this trail; all paved so it gets hot quickly.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Makapuu trail is a great way to sightsee and exercise. You can overlook the local beaches, rabbit island, the reef and get a great close up view of the lighthouse. Make sure to bring sunscreen, water, good walking shoes and a camera. I recommend hiking in the morning, its cooler with a nice breeze, as you hike look at the informational/historical boards it provides some interesting historical facts about the location.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Be sure to go very early in the morning to get a good parking space and to hike when it's cooler. It's an easy paved trail; be sure to bring water. Also, there are no restroom facilities, so plan accordingly. Spectacular views. There is a climb to the top, but the trail has a nice grade. November - March it's a great place to see whales, so bring your binoculars!

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