Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail (Kaiwi)

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Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail (Kaiwi) is a 3.3 mile moderately 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.

3.3 miles 1220 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips


trail running




wild flowers



Great short uphill paved trail along sea cliffs to observation deck and lighthouse with fantastic views. 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!

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9 days ago

Very easy. Great for kids.

10 days ago

Gorgeous views, bring binoculars during whale season as we saw a few whales and were glad we had ours. It's all uphill one way on a paved road with no shade. Not a hard trail but very busy.

12 days ago

Enjoyed this mostly paved hike.

Lighthouse was under repair when we were there though so that was kind of a bummer.

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16 days ago

Nice trail for walking with great views the whole way.

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19 days ago

All paved. Easy incline. Nice views of the coast.

19 days ago

Completely paved trail. Easy trail about 2.4 mi round trip. The whole way up has beautiful views which are great for pictures. You can also go off the trail a little bit to get more pictures but be careful! Lots of people walking with their kids and pups. Will be back and would love to show when family visits!

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love the views!!