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Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail (Ka Iwi)

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Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail (Ka Iwi) is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles 708 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

surfing

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Great short uphill paved trail along sea cliffs to observation deck and lighthouse with fantastic views. A parking area offers access to the trailhead. Follow the trail as it climbs up the western side of the ridge. Upon reaching the top of the ridge (about the halfway point), the trail switches back to the north, following the eastern side of the ridge. At this point it levels out somewhat, but still climbs gradually to the summit, where a pair of guardrailed lookouts offer panoramic vistas. To return, retrace your route. The Makapuu Point trail, within Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline, offers outstanding views of Oahus southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the trails destination at Makapuu Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapuu Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below (the lighthouse itself is off-limits). On a clear day, you may even see Molokai and Lanai. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds, such as the iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird. This trail is an excellent place to view migrating humpback whales in season (November-May). Binoculars are suggested for viewing the whales and seabirds. An interpretive sign and viewing scope along the trail help you view and identify the whales seen from this location. This portion of the island tends to be hot and dry as evidenced by the abundant panini cacti and low-growing kiawe. The trail is exposed and is usually sunny and hot, as well can be very windy at the summit. Hat, sunscreen, and water are recommended. Give yourself about 2 hours to enjoy this hike and the great views. Many run up and down this trail for a great workout! Reference: http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/hiking/oahu/index.cfm?hike_id=23


4 days ago

hiking

This was my first trail in Oahu, so I was looking for something easy. And easy it was. The paved trail is perfect for beginners. There are no railings but there are several spots you can stop and take pictures or rest if you need to. The views from the top--well to be honest, the views from throughout the walk--are gorgeous. I would do this walk again, especially with visitors who are not used to trail walks.


9 days ago

Paved. Views are okay. Hike down to the tide pools if it is safe (a man and his daughter died the day before we went). Liw tide only.


10 days ago

hiking

this can be an easy Trail to do really easy it's paved all the way up they've done a real good job lately. what I do if I go off the trail for a little more challenge it's fun and get your heart rate up the trail is not really clearly marked but you can see where people have walked on the path it just gives you a little more challenge instead of going up the paved path which they've done a great job


20 days ago


20 days ago


24 days ago

Really easy on a paved path the entire way up with rewarding views at the top!


25 days ago

easy fun nice start


30 days ago

hiking

Breath taking view. Love the sun rise.
Very nice hike


1 month ago

walking

Semisteep but was able to hike it in sandals.


1 month ago

Good beginner trail, paved, bring water, parking is available "packed"


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

Great views of the ocean and a steep hike down to the tide pools. Bring your sunscreen, hat, and umbrella since the paved walkway has no shade.


1 month ago

hiking


1 month ago

walking

Great


1 month ago

Awesome


1 month ago

hiking

Very awesome views and great places to take pictures. Good time.


1 month ago

Great for kids.


1 month ago

Easy relaxing hike. Awesome when you go off trail.


1 month ago

walking

No shade so make sure you wear sunscreen.


2 months ago

walking