Makapuu Lookout to Tom Tom

MODERATE 11 reviews

Makapuu Lookout to Tom Tom is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waimanalo, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

6.6 miles 4135 feet Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers



Trail is kind of hard to find, but just head up and you'll find it at the top of the first ridge. It can be difficult coming down in the dark, so watch your time... You need two cars for this hike. Prior to beginning this hike it's ideal to park a car in Waimanalo. Use the other car to drive to the trailhead near the Makapuu Lookout. One of the best hikes on the island of Oahu as far as scenery is concerned. The hike is long, dry and hilly.

16 days ago

30 days ago

Awesome awesome scenic view.. just a couple things:

If you are mildly scared of heights you will be good due to you can stay off the cliff trail almost the whole way. (But cliff trail is awesome)

If you are terrified of heights don't do this hike

Bring sunblock and fully charged phone for a lot of pics.

I parked at the lighthouse parking lot and walked up the road until you see the trail veer left up the hill with an immediate do not hike sign. Just by pass and either traverse up the hill or go straight up which ever you prefer, just stay close to the Ridgeline and you will see the trail once you get up to the top of the first hill.

Enjoy :)

4 months ago

Great view of sea life park

6 months ago

Took the kamilo iki ridge up to meet up with Tom Tom and took it all the way to makapu'u. Some parts of this trail are definitely super sketchy. Very steep rock climbing on the edge of hundred feet drops at parts. It's not constantly like that but enough to probably make people turn around at parts. Super fun though imo lol.

1 year ago

This is a illegal hike , suggest you should NOT go hiking up this trail lady died falling 500 feet.

1 year ago

Woman fell to her death from this trail today. Be careful too many people losing there lives on Oahu hiking where they shouldn't

1 year ago

Amazing views. It took us about 5 hours total because we took two long breaks. We started at the lookout and made it to the big summit before it heads down on the Tom Tom trail towards Waimanalo. There's some rock climbing. The summits look steeper than they actually feel. It's a solid intermediate and doable if you're fit. Start early, it gets hot with no trees. Wear good shoes. The pointy rocks are tough.

1 year ago

takes longer than four hours. start early. amazing views the whole time!

1 year ago

On this outing, we only did the Tom-Tom portion, and coming back down the same way. Overall, great workout, great trail and great views!!!

2 years ago

Great hike with extraordinary views up and down the coast line. Was able to get it done in about five hours with a nice little lunch break midway through.

4 years ago

Each time I go on this hike it's hard not to take a hundred pictures. When there is no where else to hike on Oahu, this place is forever faithful. No matter the conditions Makapuu to Tom-Tom is a great hike for visitor looking for sunshine. From the get go there are awesome views of Makapuu, the Lighthouse, Sea Life Park and Rabbit Island. The trail really hugs the edge and the winds can be very strong so be careful not to get swept over. Park a car in Waimanalo, near Keneke's. If you don't have a second car, wait for the bus to take you back to Makapuu, otherwise it's a long walk back.