Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Makapu‘u Point State Wayside with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 day ago

It’s only easy up to the whale watch lookout where you start your scramble down to the tide pools. The scramble isn’t easy, the rocks are all loose and it’s quite steep. Wear tennis shoes, hat and sunscreen. Bring water and water shoes would be helpful so you don’t hurt your feet climbing in and out of the tide pools. Check the surf report before going and watch the waves. The blowholes at the tide pools were cool too. Their are still faint arrows pointing the route back up the side.

Paved walk to the lookout. Access to lighthouse is prohibited with a 1500$ fine for anyone who is caught jumping the fence. Wry easy walk to the lookout, mild traffics between 0600-0900, minimal shade during sunny hours (bring water and sunscreen)

Beautiful views. Wear comfy shoes & bring lots of water and sunscreen. The sun is brutal and there is no shade anywhere. Our first time and we saw whales. Awesome experience for our family.

It's uphill, but paved so seems more trail than hike to me. Regardless, beautiful views from the top.
Hiking down the "secret" trail to the tide pools definitely increased both the challenge and the adventure.

First of all, the parking! Wow!! can't do much about it, but when when you get a spot your good. The trail is paved all the way and you are in a moderate incline. Worth a morning stroll as we were fortunate to see a few whales early noonish!

Short, paved walkway. Beautiful views at the top. It’s more of a uphill walk than a hike, but certainly still enjoyable.

Upward incline the entire time with some Lookout spots along the way. Some off-paved paths that looked interesting but I wasn't that brave... One wrong foot and you could slip right down the cliffs. Not much to see along the way except cacti and scary spiders in the brush. Once you reach the lookouts to the ocean it's beautiful. Deep blue and you might catch a glimpse of a whale. We saw a little baby one playing in the distance. At one of the whale watch spots there's a steep Rocky trail down to the tide pools. Wanted to do it but it was really windy and we were already pooped as it was our second hike of the day. Heard they are a must see though. Saw tiny people down there floating in them.

Short, sweet, side hike. Saw humpback whales. Lovely views and easy path.

This is only an easy hike up the paved path. Beyond that, it’s a steep climb down/up from the tidepools with slippery/loose rock along the way.

This hike is short but tough. I wore flip flops which was a big mistake. Once at the bottom the pools are amazing and the blowholes are really cool. Getting down is much more difficult than getting back up. I'm surprised this is rated as easy. It's short but very steep in spots.

Fun walk. Not really a hike because you are on pavement the entire time, but the views are spectacular. We were lucky enough to see humpback whales at the second lookout point. Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat because you're completely exposed the whole way.

This hike is really a paved walkway, but has stellar views all around.

However, the best part of this hike is to venture down to the tide pools. They were one of the coolest things I’ve seen. Wear good shoes and be mindful of the waves.

Beautiful walk. Too about 1.5 hours return Inclined paved walk. Great if you have prams, strollers.
Hubby and I are generally active and found this walk quite easy.

Easy, completely paced, mobbed with tourists. The view over the city at sunset is beautiful. Took about an hour and a half for a VERY leisurely stroll up and down.

Great paved trail, wonderful views, and very family friendly. Not a lot of shade however so bring water. A lot of incline on this trail.

20 days ago

I found the trip down the cliff face pretty harrowing! Coming back up was a bit easier but am still a little sore 2 days later. Cool and rewarding walk/climb if you feel up for it or if you’re not a wimp like me.

23 days ago

Hiked down from the Makapuu trail. Amazing views

26 days ago

Nice trail....paved all the way through. Supposedly you can see whales but unfortunately I did not. Can get congested but for the most part everyone makes room for each other. Nice walk for kids.

26 days ago

Beautiful tide pools. Easy to get too.

Very easy walk. It is at an incline but nothing hard. Windy in the AM

Awesome views! Paved road from bottom to top. I saw strollers, flip flops. No shades. Go early in the morning or when it cools down in the afternoon.

30 days ago

Lots of great views and a great easy first trail on island!

We did it for the sunrise! It was beautiful. The gate doesn’t open until seven for the parking lot but you can park along the side and walk to the hike.

The trail head doesn't open until 0700 with police guarding it. keep this in mind if you want a sunrise hike.

It was a super easy trail just make sure you wear sunscreen!!! Also to get to the light house take a right my the tiny building And go around the gate

Simple one, but view at the end is breathtaking!

Nothing unusual about this hike, great walk. Really nice views and some good photo opportunities morning, noon or night.

You get what is advertised.

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