Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail (Kaiwi)

EASY 714 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
918 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

surfing

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

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!

5 days ago

Nice easy hike on a paved road. My wife (21 weeks pregnant) and I hiked to the top. We saw a whale breach 4 times which was awesome! Definitely need sunscreen or an umbrella if you want to stay out of the sun. There is little shade. Lots of viewing stations with helpful information plaques of culture or wildlife. Parking can be difficult, many have to park on the street.

7 days ago

Nice scenic hike. We saw some whales , a few very close to the shore which was really neat. We also hiked the little path that leads to the lighthouse although the lighthouse itself is fenced off but it was still really cool. Go early in the morning or closer to sunset as it will get HOT!!

hiking
18 days ago

Lovely walk along tarmac trail. Limited shade so sunscreen is a must. Beautiful views across the ocean. Whales can been seen splashing about!

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful hike, fairly quick and easy. Stunning view.

19 days ago

Beautiful! Saw lots of whales!

22 days ago

A lot of people do this hike everyday! So please be ready to hike a crowded hike with lots of traffic. Sometimes hard to find parking inside the lot, you can park outside of the lot alongside the highway if need. It can be hot but this trail is very easy, great for dog walking and kids, the views are awesome. WHALE WATCHERS!

24 days ago

easy going but fun trail

24 days ago

Great view, fun little side trail to the lighthouse. The lighthouse is fenced off but you can try to squeeze in there to get closer.

27 days ago

It’s a really easy hike to get to the lighthouse. We always come here to do the tide pools hike. Just mind the coral if you decide to swim. You can see Lanai, Molokai, and west Maui from the trail on a clear day. It has only been clear enough to see them all once.

hiking
28 days ago

Definitely one of the easier trails on O’ahu. Paved all the way, If you are looking for a little more of a challenge climb up the rocks to the old bunkers! Still easy enough for a beginner hiker like myself! Also saw some whales, which was an added bonus!

1 month ago

Wear sunscreen, there is no shade on this nice paved hike (great for all ages). Amazing views from bottom to top! Hopefully, you may spot whales!

1 month ago

great hike for all levels of hikers:)

1 month ago

We really enjoyed this hike. It’s completely paved and no shade. So bring water and proper protection. We did it with a jogging stroller, but my 3 year old enjoyed just walking it herself. It was a great time. Parking is crazy and there is no bathroom. Other than that it was great. I would totally do this again.

hiking
1 month ago

Great venue for all ages....well maintained paved trail, wonderful views

hiking
1 month ago

1/21/2018-No parking available near the lighthouse by 0800 so we ended up parking at the lookout instead. Weather was mostly overcast but there was a good breeze going on too. Skipped the view at the top because it was crowded but it was nice being out there just the same.

1 month ago

The Views!
Catching Bus from Waikiki was easy
Walking along shoulder of road was ok, single file not recommended for groups with kiddos

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views

1 month ago

Very easy hike but it does have a constant steady incline the whole way. There are rest points with amazing views and fun historical facts you can read along the way. There is no shade so be prepared for constant sun exposure. If you have little tikes who may tire, bring a stroller or wagon. If you do this during the right months, you are almost guaranteed to see whales.

walking
1 month ago

Awesome views all around. I suggest going in Jan or Feb and you'll see plenty of whales. We also could see the next island over.

1 month ago

Beautiful views!

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