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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
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course on Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
+1 808-230-0023
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Parking is the only challenge here as the trail is freshly repaved, so good for families with strollers too. Views are wonderful and you almost always have a fresh breeze cooling you as you climb the gentle slope. A few signs give you some useful...More

Thank HonomuRick
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, a free paved trail with parking! The lighthouse overlook is a little over two miles round trip winding up a fairly steep trail with no shade. It does get hot! But the trail is wide and smooth, so that children's carriages and wheel chairs...More

Thank kumtux
Reviewed 1 week ago

Since this trail is paved the whole way, it's fairly easy. It is uphill but it's one of the easier hikes on Oahu. In the winter, it's a great spot for whale watching.

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Paved path winds its way up the mountain to beautiful views. If you visit during the right time you may spot whales. There are benches along the way to rest, but no shade so make sure to wear a hat! According to my activity tracker...More

Thank Road801538
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hike this trail every time we visit. It's paved, and has some semi-steep places, but there is plenty of space to stop and breathe. The view just cannot be beaten. Parking can be an issue - we've gotten spots near the trail head a...More

Thank alchancell44
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hike to the lighthouse is paved but very steep. Bring water with you. The hike is very steep all the way up. Good news it is a nice walk down, still steep though.

Thank biscotti2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like Diamond Head, you don't want to be doing this walk in the middle of the day. This is a steeper climb I think than Diamond Head but there are look out's (read "rest areas") along the way. (You can climb down to some tide...More

Thank z1bby
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very little parking and steep walk to the top, BUT well worth the hike. Bluest water I've ever seen. Beautiful landscape.

Thank rheisel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its an easy hike depending on your walking pace. So take your time, take 2 bottles of water (its Hot) & any snacks for energy. Go early (its cooler then) as this hike area opens at 7am. I would recommend wearing shoes not sandals. Its...More

2  Thank Johnboy W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A great fully paved hike with wonderous views. Lots of historical information on signs all the way up.

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Loren K
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.
8 May 2018|
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Response from rmybuffy | Reviewed this property |
If you have any knee/joint problems and are doing Diamond Head in the morning. You will be very sore. I am a registered nurse and my husband and I both did this trek in the late afternoon with overcast skies and some wind... More
Arunrith T
18 February 2018|
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Response from kendra02192018 | Reviewed this property |
Free parking, better to come early in the morning.