Hiking Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail, O’ahu

Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail

Located in Makapu’u on the east coast of O’ahu, this popular hike rewards you with magnificent views of the windward coast and off shore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu’u Lighthouse built in 1909. Although the lighthouse itself is off-limits, it makes a stunning backdrop against the deep blue sea.

On a clear day, you may see Moloka’i and Lana’i. the offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds. This trail is an excellent place to view migrating humpback whales in season (November through May).

What To Bring

This portion of the island tends to be hot and dry so you’ll need to bring your sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of water since there are no facilities here. Wear comfortable running or hiking shoes.Β  Your dog is welcome to hike along with you as long as it’s on a lease. I will advise that this trail is paved, so you if you bring your dog along make sure you do this hike early in the day since the trail has no shade what-so-ever!

*There is an elevation gain of 500ftΒ  and the trail length is 2.0 miles (round trip)

Also, make sure to bring your camera and some binoculars since there are plenty of beautiful views from several lookout points throughout the trail.

When to Go

I would advise that you do this hike either early in the morning or later in the afternoon when it’s the coolest.

Location and Parking

Located off Kalanianaole Highway (Hwy. 72).

Parking is free, but this trail is really popular so it is best to go early if you want to get a prime spot.

You can also take theBus: #22 or #23 from Waikiki

*Give yourself about 2 hours to enjoy this hikeΒ 

Makapu’u Point Light

The Makapu’u Point Light has the largest lens of any lighthouse in the United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. A second trail leads from the remnants of the keepers quarters to the lighthouse, but it is off limits to the public as well as the lighthouse itself.

So, if you want an easy hike with breathtaking views, then I highly recommend you add this to your things-to-do list!

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