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Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Lookout Trail

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Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Lookout Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, 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.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 505 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

historic site

NOTE: It has been reported that the parking lot is CLOSED due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. The portion of this trail that goes to the lighthouse is reportedly closed. Great short uphill paved trail along sea cliffs to observation deck and lighthouse with fantastic views. Whole thing is paved, there's no shade so bring lots of water and go as soon as they open to beat the heat. Lots of lookouts for whales, you can climb down a path and get right next to the lighthouse. 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!

hiking
3 days ago

This review is for the pillboxes above where the lighthouse is. The pillboxes do not have a trail in All Trails. Follow my recording to reach the pillboxes and her amazing views!!! Highly recommend!!

hiking
6 days ago

Paved route. Great views for this side of the island. Kid friendly! Steady incline. Bring water! Early is best!

hiking
11 days ago

Short & a lot of great areas for photo shoot

hiking
no shade
12 days ago

Parking lot is closed, but we had no trouble getting a spot on the road just outside. I brought a liter of water which was plenty considering it was overcast. Beautiful views along the way!

Easy walk, paved. Bring your sunscreen and water. Better not to take dogs but they are allowed.

It took about an hour but that’s with 2 boys (3&6) who insisted on sprinting uphill the first part of the trail and then got tired. Easy, scenic, 3 year old asked if we could to it tomorrow. Got here about 6pm, street parking only, parking lot closed due to COVID.

walking
no shade
17 days ago

Easy hike . If you have. Little one make sure to bring a stroller since it is steep and uphill. The trail goes along. Cliff edge so watch out for runner (kids). Bring water and sunblock. Not really shaded .

hiking
bugs
no shade
23 days ago

This was a wonderful hike, beautiful views the entire way up. Bring a hat, wear sunscreen, lots of water, take your time and enjoy the ocean. It’s completely paved, although there’s no shade so re apply the sun tan lotion. Also I would not suggest dogs on this walk. I’ve see a lot of dogs over heat from this one. The pavement it’s to hot for the dogs paws. Also it’s in the direct sun and mots of the walk is a steep hill upward so you and your will get exhausted from the heat quickly. So just don’t bring you dog with you, keep them Safe at home In the ac. It’s wonderful hike with views of the ocean and the lighthouse. Go early or when it’s a cool day outside.

hiking
no shade
24 days ago

Awesome views for relatively low effort. Easy parking/ to find, paved way to multiple view points, safe! Pics attached!

This paved trail Will get your legs burning! Nice workout, good morning hike! Do it.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice stroller hike with beautiful views !!!

Not a hike at all. Paved path to a lookout overseeing a lighthouse.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Easy, paved road throughout the trail. Off trail that takes you to the lighthouse. Great view of much of the island!!!

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Nice stroller hike! Fun sun Beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

Go to spot when I have visitors in town. Can be hard to park, especially on weekends. Fully paved. Full sun. Great spot to see whales in the winter. Amazing views. Pretty easy. If you like snorkeling bring gear and hike down the tide pools near the end. IG: @pieandthesky

hiking
1 month ago

Super fun trail. Perfect for the family , we took our stroller. The only thing I’d suggest is to go early enough that you’re not rushing back down to the car when the lot closes- that way you can really enjoy the sights.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, paved workout. Watch some whales if you’re lucky

hiking
closed
no shade
2 months ago

THIS HIKE IS CLOSED! Just for the whole COVID-19. We didn’t know that this was a state park. The trail was beautiful and the breeze from the wind was great! It felt amazing to be outdoor and in nature! We didn’t know it was a state park until we got pulled over and was told to leave. But the police officer was nice enough to let us know and told us that we can go on other hikes that’s not “STATE PROPERTY”. We were lucky enough that we made it almost to the top then went back down right when he started to drive up to us. It was a good enough hike/ trail for us. The view was great and we saw whales jumping from the ocean! The trail is just walking up a path and just following it. Really easy, you can bring dogs along too! It’s a good trail if you just wanna take a walk:)

hiking
2 months ago

not much of a hike- all paved!

hiking
2 months ago

Went at sunrise and then again during the day. Great workout for all ages.

2 months ago

pretty sure this hike is closed, but if anyone is interested in going on other hikes with me let me know! I've gone on many different ones so far. my instagram is @vasqu067

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous view of the coastline from the summit

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy trail to see the sunrise! It’s paved the entire way and it’s a slow incline, will take anywhere from 20-40 minutes to reach the very top. Highly recommend for an easy sunrise hike!

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