Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail (Ka Iwi)

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Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail (Ka Iwi) is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii 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.

3.3 miles 1220 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

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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

walking
1 day ago

Great trail for a quick family hike with lots of views. Whales galore... Be sure to get there early if you want a parking spot.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike to take with the family. Very easy to get to the top as it is paved and offers a lot of break spots with amazing views. This is great to do in the winter season to watch the whales too!

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6 days ago

Fully paved trail. Good for families and young children. Heavily trafficked. Nice view at the top.
The lighthouse is currently closed and under construction. There is a really cool (but probably treacherous) trail out to the lighthouse that was also closed at the time we went.

hiking
8 days ago

Fun family hike and we were able to see whales as well!

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Tons of kids, strollers, and tourists!! Really a nice relaxing way to spend an afternoon. If you want a little extra - keep going to the top or check out the tide pools! Beautiful views!'

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