Makapuu Lighthouse Hike

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Oahu, HI
Makapuu Lighthouse Hike
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Makapuu Lighthouse Hike follows a wide paved road to a stunning view of Makapuu Beach, Rabbit Island, and as far as Turtle Head. You pass, but can't access, Makapu'u Lighthouse. From December to April, humpback whales can be seen along the way. I've seen them a number of times and it is lovely to watch them play in the sea below. This hike is best done at sunset or sunrise because there is no shade and it is hot.

Scattered about the hike are some World War II military bunkers and cactus. The hike is 2 1/2 miles total and moderately steep. It's a good workout and it's popular now that there is a large parking lot.
From the parking lot, there's another hike you can do to a cove down below Kamehameha's Chair (the rock formation you can see in the photo above). It's a fairly difficult hike but I've heard there is some nice swimming once you get to the rocky cove at the end.
While you're so close, make sure you sit in the soft sand at Makapuu Beach and watch the bodyboarders. Sunset is a nice time to do this because the light hits the white waves and makes a golden foam. The Southeast Oahu Scenic Drive, that you're on if you come to this hike, is a lovely one, with gorgeous beaches and overlooks.

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The choppy waters below sometimes have whales playing in them!

The wide, stroller-friendly path.

The ink blue waters below.

Looking toward Makapuu Beach (see Turtle Head in the distance) from the path.

This is rugged, open terrain. Looking toward Sandy Beach from the path.

Views of Turtle Head and Chinaman's Hat at dusk.

View of the lighthouse.


There is a large parking lot at the trailhead to this hike. Pull in from Kalanianaole Hwy at the 9 mile marker. This is halfway up the hill to Makapuu Beach when northbound, on your right.


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Tue, 06 Oct 2009

Thanks for sharing your experience.

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