Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail (Kaiwi)

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Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail (Kaiwi) 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 guard-railed lookouts offer panoramic vistas. To return, retrace your route. The Makapuu Point trail, within Kaiwi 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!

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4 days ago

Fairly easy hike. Great view from the top! You can't actually get the the lighthouse itself though

7 days ago

12 days ago

Easy paved path leading up to the lookout. There are couple resting and lookout point on your way to the top which are nice. On the way up there's a little path down to a tide pool, but the winds were crazy when I was there so no one was risking their lives for that.

We noticed some pillboxes to the left of the lookout and decided to venture up, which was a moderate hike. The view of Makapu'u from there was breathtaking. Definitely climb to the pillboxes, there are two of them.

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16 days ago

Great views. Humpbacks.

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21 days ago

22 days ago

Quick and easy. Great for little ones

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walking
1 month 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 month 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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1 month 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
1 month ago

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