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

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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!

hiking
1 day ago

I love it

2 days ago

walking
5 days ago

Great paved path for walking and running. Very disappointed to see random radar and buildings so unable to get any closer to the lighthouse.

5 days ago

Aloha! I do hikes and photos out here on the island. Feel free to check out my Instagram Mike.Karas and shoot me a message if you have any questions/are interested in hiking. You can email me as well at mikekarasphotography@gmail.com.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful!!!

trail running
9 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Easy hike, great views, built for tourists. Recommend going there early because it does get warm. Ocean overlook is awesome.

hiking
11 days ago

I'm not usually a fan of touristy hikes, but I do love Makapu'u. There's a lot more to do here than just walk to the lookout point and check out the lighthouse (although that is amazing too!). There is a place along the path where you can descend down the cliff and access some beautiful tidepools and a blowhole (be careful though they are deadly!). There is even a somewhat hidden pillbox that serves as a great lookout point to see the other Hawaiian Islands in the distance (Lanai, Molokai and Maui). For more on this place, check out my blog post!

https://www.thehikinghi.com/single-post/2017/03/22/A-Morning-at-Makapuu-The-Lighthouse-Pillbox-and-Tide-Pools

11 days ago

This trail was fun. It's a smooth hike to the top with the road being paved however due to the road being paved it gets really hot make sure to have sunscreen and water.

13 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Great walk with an amazing view! To learn a little about the history of this lighthouse check out www.venturealohahikes.com/blog

hiking
19 days ago

22 days ago

nice hike, good for begginers nice smooth path and a good incline

hiking
22 days ago

Lots of people around today and weather was pretty nice: good trade winds blowing and not too much sunshine.

walking
22 days ago

23 days ago

Great views, easy path.

23 days ago

23 days ago