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Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail

If you're going to take a hike, the two-mile Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail along the Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline offers a picturesque window into O‘ahu's southeastern coastline. The roughly two-hour Makapu‘u Lighthouse trail will sweep hikers off their feet with views of Koko Head, Molokai, Lana‘i and the historic Makapu‘u Lighthouse.

If you're working a walk up Makapu‘u Lighthouse into your itinerary, schedule an early morning visit (the trail opens at 7 a.m.). Because parking for this trail is scarce so you'll want to get there early to snag street parking and avoid the blistering Hawaiian afternoon sun. We recommend bringing a hat, lots of sunscreen and water. And with no lua (loo-ah or bathroom) along the trail, make sure to take a bathroom break before heading out for the day.

For those visiting during the humpback whales' annual mating season (which runs each year between November and May) bring a pair of binoculars. You may sneak a sighting of Hawai‘i's most loyal return guest swimming and splashing off shore.

 

Know Before You Go

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Easy on the eyes and your feet. The paved trail offers sweeping views of Koko Head, Molokai, Lana‘i and the historic Makapu‘u Lighthouse. 

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No bathroom breaks here. The nearest restroom is several miles down the road at Sandy's Beach Park. 

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Keep an eye out for Hawai‘i's most loyal return guest - the humpback whale -- swimming and splashing off shore November through May.

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