Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail (Kaiwi) is a 3.2 mile heavily 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.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

historic site

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!

28 minutes ago

sad that the lighthouse is closed. nice paved road, decent workout. no whales yet

walking
4 days ago

Nice paved road up to the top with excellent views!

5 days ago

Great hike and beautiful views!

walking
6 days ago

Amazing views! Great for all ability levels, including stroller pushing, dog walking, and baby carrying people.

8 days ago

The hike to the lighthouse made for some amazing views. But the best pet was the alternative trail about half way up that led down tot the blowholes and natural pools that were at the shore line. People say it is crazy dangerous, but as long as you use common sense and take your time you shouldn’t have any problems. The water is amazing down low, and the views from the lighthouse were awesome. Easy hike to end the day with.

walking
8 days ago

Hot, sweaty, Achilles’ tendon challenging walk if you struggle with plantar fasciitis. Gorgeous views and so worth it.

9 days ago

Great easy out and back paved hike. Steep but the lookout pull offs make you really not notice the climb. Great views at the end!!!

9 days ago

Easy paved trail with great views all the way up.

13 days ago

Well kept and beautiful! Parking was easy. This hike is STEEP!

walking
18 days ago

Nice walk, great view.
i recommend it.

Beautiful safe and easy walk

hiking
23 days ago

Easy hike, paved all the way up—though a pretty decent incline. It’s Hawaii, the views are great no matter where you are.

hiking
24 days ago

A good easy walk with great views.

hiking
24 days ago

Easy paved hike with great views of the windward side and ocean views as well as Koko head. Can be really hot with the sun beaming then windy as you head up higher. Good quick hike with stunning views though! FYI the lighthouse itself isn’t accessible for some reason I though it was.

hiking
27 days ago

First hike and it was amazing. It wasn't over crowded. We started at about 3:00 and they had lots of places to stop and rest. It does get hot and not to much wind until you get towards the top. Bring water and enjoy the view.

hiking
28 days ago

For my first hike ever it wasn’t bad. Paved and well maintained. Not a lot of people at 1200 and parking was easy. Saw some people swimming in the pools but I was not about to do that hike. Very kid friendly!

1 month ago

Paved road the whole way up with gorgeous lookout areas on the way to the top. Seasonally you can see whales migrating though they weren't there in mid October.

walking
1 month ago

10/14/2018-Started walking with the group around 0800 and encountered 20+ groups along the way. Lots of happy dogs out getting their fresh air and exercise. =) The sun was out but it made the water look inviting for a swim. Definitely recommend sun screen and 1L of water.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail itself is underwhelming. It's basically just a paved road winding up the hillside. But the views of the water are indescribable. The blue water is absolutely stunning, as is the view of Waimanalo and down the windward side. I strongly recommend going a bit off the track and up to the top through the stones. It's not too difficult, and there is a cool little bunker at the top with even more sweeping views.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike on asphalt all the way up. However, if you are capable take the side hike down to the pools. Really fun and a very cool blow hole as well.

hiking
1 month ago

All paved and a nice view from the top. No shade so wear a hat.

1 month ago

Scenic and fairly easy. It’s paved the whole way, and it gives great views once you’re at the top. Wear comfortable walking shoes, obviously.

walking
1 month ago

smooth asphalt trail, not a hike. decent views but nothing crazy, halfway up the trail you can hike down to the tide pools which is the only thing I really enjoyed about this one. the tide pools are like mini aquariums. bring goggles it's very cool.

1 month ago

Easy paved walk.

walking
1 month ago

We did this trail at 6pm , as the sun was setting. You get the best breezes & what a great view!! A little steep at the beginning, but it gets easier- or you get used to it- as you go up. Kid friendly trail we will do again for sure. Don’t forget flashlights if you go in the evening, as the way down it not lit & the path runs along the cliff at some points.

1 month ago

The best part of this hike was when we went down to the tide pools. Loved it.

1 month ago

Very easy walk but uphill the whole way. Gorgeous views the entire time! Paved and perfect for families (lots of pregnant ladies walking it :) ). Definitely worth a visit!

hiking
2 months ago

Not super hard...took 23 and a half minutes to get up after stopping for 4/5 quick camera sessions...started at 0541 and finished at top at 0614...great sunrise to start your day...get there early to park 100t up from main entrance due to gate being close...saw more ppl coming up when I was done around 7 coming back down...best views are off the beaten paths

2 months ago

Completed this when in Oahu. It was a great morning hike, and good brisk incline. Super pretty lookout and I remember the history lesson I got about the plane crash into the side of the mountain. If and when in HI, go on a couple hikes, and this should be one as the ocean view is spectacular!

trail running
2 months ago

-Parking-
Spacious parking lot right at the base of the trail (off Kalaniana'ole Hwy). You will see signs and/or tourist cars driving in/out.

-Difficulty-
Seeing as it is completely paved all the way to the top and has platforms made to give you (safe) access to the views around the peak, this is super easy. With that being said, I ran this trail on a nice sunny day. It is definately a workout. If you want an even more strenuous workout, head down the road to Koko Head Crater Trail. The ascent is nuts! Theorhetically, it would take you the same time to run both.

-Views-
5/5 view from this elevation. I liked this even more than Diamond and equally with Koko. It was amazing how far along the coast you can see. A huuuuge bonus was boing able to have a nice spacious run while hearing the waves crashing, the birds chirping, the wind gusting, and smelling the ocean. I was in heaven!

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