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Further along Kalanianaole Highway is the Makapuu Lighthouse hiking trail. This easy route with its moderate incline to the 647-ft. summit is a popular spot during whale season between December and April. This is a definite photo opportunity even...more
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Near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course on Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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Reviewed yesterday

easy access to this trail, fully paved and large. Not too difficult, the views on top are amazing and worth the efforts.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank flyingfrenchman007
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful views. It’s mostly straight uphill but well paved and even. Not difficult if you are normally active. Go early because it gets more crowded. It’s a beautiful, peaceful hike. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank W6626NLdanieller
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The views are ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL from the top of this trail! It’s completely paved and has several lookout points with information plaques to learn along the way! Bring water and possibly a hat, as there are no real shade points on this trail. (Pro tip:...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank alexxxtravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

First let me start by saying I am an avid hiker and was excited to hike Hawaii. This was not a hike, it is a long hot walk up a paved trail. The black asphalt did not help the heat.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Georgia R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a last minute spontaneous hike because another of our plans in the area got cancelled. The views from the top are wonderful, you can even see some of the other islands. The hike has little to no shade and so expect to be...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Grant R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Makapu Lighthouse Trail is an awesome trail and a must visit / hike place in Oahu. The wide open trail is completely paved with smooth asphalt all the way to the top (the lighthouse is just below the top of the trail). When we visited...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Previa1994
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like to hike, this is for you! I went on a hot and sunny day and there were lots of people. Make sure you bring lots of water because you will need it!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank TKhawaii69
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Paid for the shuttle bus ride with go Oahu card. It was well worth it since we did a lot on the card. Recommended to research the activities since it may come with shuttle bus to some activities and paid admission and extra with others....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank samanthao520
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We started our hike around 8am and it took about an hour round trip (including stopping to take photos). The path is paved and wide, which makes it easy to walk up. As there is little shade, I would recommend going early in the day...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ellie1258
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out of the 6 hikes we did on 2 islands: My husband & I would recommend this one because of the view & easier hike. Skip Lanikai pillbox trail by Lanikai Beach. We think this view is better. Length of time spent here: 1.5 hours....More

Date of experience: September 2019
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1 July 2019|
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Response from Ladyfrances25 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't uber on the island, but it was a moderate drive from waikiki... probably ~30 minutes. Might be more cost effective to rent a car if you are able.
21 December 2018|
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Response from Deidra M | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn’t advise hiking to the tide pools. There isn’t a managed trail. If you want to see some tide pools, there is a pull off nearby between there and the Halona blowhole. You can walk right out to the beach area and see... More
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15 June 2018|
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Response from kwink10 | Reviewed this property |
I do believe the park closes at dusk- so maybe research hours before hand.