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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 yesterday

Overall the most beautiful, scenic drive on Oahu for ocean views. This is one of the must stops for a photo along with the Blow Hole. The trail was recently improved and is much better.

Thank LokinMe
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Let be begin by saying wear sunscreen!!! The entire walk is in the sun and in blacktop so the sun can be brutal. The walk is very smooth but has a decently steep incline. I suggest good walking shoes , water and a camera. Depending...More

Thank Rachel J
Reviewed 6 days ago

You will see moms with strollers, visitors with dogs and lots of young children on this hike! The nice thing about this whole trail is that it's paved with various resting points with views and info. along the way. It's about twice the distance than...More

Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a good hike on a paved road. But it can be great! Parking is pretty easy. Make a note of the whale watching spot on the way up. I’ll get back to that. I highly recommend going all the way to “the end”...More

Thank Bill M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good thing to see. Clearly a big tourist attraction. Paved trail so is a good activity for a family.

Thank amcolello
Reviewed 1 week ago

A well paved short hike to the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the south east of Oahu. You could also walk the trail, located right of the car park if you have just arrived, that would lead you through a small lava tube and...More

1  Thank Juliana C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hike this trail whenever we visited Oahu . In the last few years there is improvement in the Parking , and the trail is even better maintained. For sunrise need to get early ( check time ), allow 30 min or so to get...More

Thank 69tiger888
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great hike...nice and easy with spectacular views; if you make it near Waikiki Beach give this one a try!!

Thank mmosterfeld
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hike is amazing! The road is paved all the way up, so it is very good if you don't want to get dirty or dusty. There are many points along the way to stop and look at the views, as well as little benches...More

1  Thank em1822
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a paved road. Many people are pushing their strollers. It is an easy hike for all ages. Parking is an issue. Try to get there early. The scenery is great! (At one point, we even spotted a whale. However, we didn’t get to...More

Thank Hirashiki
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Brittany R
25 June 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
14 October 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
21 September 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.