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.

This was a very fun little hike on the easternmost tip of Oahu. The path is paved - it took me about 20 minutes to run up the trail to the top. I loved the view of the Kaohikaipu from the lookout point. The lighthouse was lovely as well, but you have to hop some fences to get there. I highly recommend this hike! Mahalo!

Easy little walk with a nice lookout at the top.

Awesome trail and great views especially with whatever watching

The kids liked the beach at the end of the trail. An additional short hike up to the rock formation Pele’s chair. Great little hike for little ones.

Absolutely gorgeous view of the ocean at the top of the trail. Sometimes whales are spotted. Quite a challenging path for my little ones as it’s pretty steep for little legs. But a great hike especially going down!

parking is hit or miss. went mid morning. no shade. very well paved.

Was a great trail. Parking is a pain so decided to park near Sandy Beach (Ka-ili-ili) and walk over. The trail is completely paved up to the lookout. There are also trails that lead to the top of the ridge where you can see old bunker type buildings. Very nice for small children, plenty of stops to rest for the weary.

Steep Paved path with stunning views along the way. Lots of places to rest if needed.
No shade. Windy. Saw whale breaching!
Whales are far off- bring binoculars. Awesome view at top!

This is one of my favorite paved trails to take my dogs on a walk. There isn't much shade though so we try to go in the evening or morning. The view is gorgeous but there's a decent amount of people.

Beautiful paved trail for people with families, puppies, and disabilities. Many options for photo ops on this trail. Walk it all the way to the top for stunning view of Rabbit Island and bay. Mahalo.

Beautiful views!!! Only downside is how windy it is. Bring a hair tie and forget your hat!

This is a beautiful place to watch the sunrise. It's easy and you can do it without a flashlight. The path is paved and wide and the edge is painted white so you can see it easily in the dark. It can be really windy so take a light jacket. It is steep. There are plenty of lookout spots, though, where you can sit on the edge of the path if you choose not to walk all the way to the top. This hike is easy with kids. It took us ab 35 minutes to get to the top walking somewhat slowly. I recommend leaving a little bit of extra time for 2 reasons: in the minutes before the sunrise everything is a soft blue and it's beautiful. You'll want to take a few pictures AND it will give you a few minutes to fine a spot in case you want to venture off the paved path on one of the side trails or go back down a little bit away from all the people at the top.

hiking
24 days 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.

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.

Great trail to do with kids, elderly, dogs ...virtually doable for anyone! Paved trail with some steep parts throughout, easy incline and plenty of rest stops. Scenic hike throughout! Can catch whales breaching but they are quite far out. There are so many places to go off trail to (At your own risk) but incredibly worth it. You'll find tide pools down one of the off beaten paths, make sure you bring water shoes! Also, there is no shade throughout this hike so be mindful when it's hot out with no breeze.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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