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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

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Celes B wrote a review 17 Jan
5 contributions
The hike, about a mile uphill, is not too bad and the views are well worth it, It is a great spot for whale watching. Try and go in the morning when it is less likely to be hot.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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wellyhelly wrote a review 14 Jan
Thousand Oaks, California40 contributions7 helpful votes
The Makapu’u lighthouse trail was easy, gentle slope, and had a few interpretive stops along the way. The highlight for us was seeing whales offshore. Hard to tell, but I think they may have been Orcas. There was a rescue of an unfortunate person who had hiked down to a ledge close to the water. The person was somehow swept into the water, and luckily was rescued by the authorities, having possibly broken an ankle. Thankful that consequences were not worse.Beautiful views all the way up, and a lovely chat with a local on the way down.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Jan11109 wrote a review 4 Jan
Kirkland, Washington20 contributions3 helpful votes
We walked the trail to the top. It is well groomed, everyone was masked. We are over 70 and got lots of "way to go" affirmations along the way.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Stephen N wrote a review Dec 2020
New York City, New York1,329 contributions108 helpful votes
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Hawaii has many unsurprisingly nice hikes. On this trip, we did Ka'ena (reviewed separately) and Makapu'u. We've done Diamond Head on a prior trip and I wish we could have done Koko Head this time around but the gf preferred more beach time. Makapu'u is on the eastern coast of Oahu - roughly a 25 to 30 mins or so drive from Waikiki. As you drive here, there are numerous lookouts and sites so be sure to take it slower and enjoy. Makapu'u has a free parking lot that had more than enough spaces for that day. The trail itself is about 30 mins each way and not too strenuous. It wasn't too steep and we went on a cloudy day so it wasn't too hot either. The hike was pretty as you see the mountain range to your left and behind you as you go through the trail (which is all paved BTW). To your right is the ocean. As you go up and look back, you'll see the road which you come from and Koko Head. The scenery in Hawaii is always beautiful and Makapu'u is no different. You finally make it to the end/top and you'll look down towards Waimanalo Beach, the eastern coast, some offshore islands and the lighthouse. In retrospect, I feel you get more bang for your buck with this hike than Kaena. Kaena is long whereas this is short. I would still do them both, however.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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MY NAME IS RACE wrote a review Dec 2020
The Colony, Texas13 contributions
**Re-iteration of wife's review** This hike is less than a mile with a moderate ascent. Parking is easy at the trailhead. Offers breathtaking views of the scenic shoreline of Makapu'u beach stretching towards the North shore. Ideal for whale spotting during Dec-May. Date of Experience: November 2018
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Date of experience: November 2020
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