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Hawaii Hikes: Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

I have hiked Makapuu Lighthouse Trail more times than I can count and wanted to finally give it the respect it deserves and dedicate a blog post to it. The trail is family-friendly, accessible to all and offers breathtaking views. The hike is about 2 miles roundtrip and the entire route is paved.

Location

The Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is located on the east side of the island past the city of Honolulu. The location is considered the most southeastern point on Oahu and was once landfall for all traffic from the American west coast to Honolulu. The trail has seen renovations as recently as 2015 and is in great condition. Finding the trail is pretty easy, it’s right off Kalanianaole Highway, a main road on the east side of the Island. There is a parking lot available that gets filled up quickly but there is also space to park along side the road, so you are bound to find something.

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Tips

I highly recommend making this an early hike, 8AM or earlier is a good time to start out. The main hazard on this hike is that it is completely exposed. No shade, so be sure you apply that sunscreen and bring some water! The hike can be as leisurely as you want, you can take your time or pick up the pace and get in a good workout.

As you head up the trail be prepared for amazing views. Each turn offers a new perspective and makes for photos your friends will envy. There are a few small paths off the trail that can offer further exploring, just be aware, there are some pretty steep drop-offs!

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail View West

Another site that many visit while on the trail is the Makapuu Tidepools below. We weren’t able to head down on our last visit as the water conditions were dangerous, but I plan on featuring a separate post on the tidepools when the conditions are better and I can truly enjoy them.

Soon enough you’ll catch glimpses of the lighthouse itself, although you can only look, not touch. The path to the lighthouse is inaccessible. Makes for some pretty photos though!

Makapuu Lighthouse

As you approach the top of the hike you’ll see a lookout point as well as another path up to some pill boxes. I recommend stopping at both areas with the path up to the pill boxes being slightly more challenging. Just use your own judgement if you have kiddos or older folks with you. Overall a great hike that is accessible to both old and young. A must see during a visit and for residents alike. Happy hiking people and Aloha!

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail View

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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail View

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23 Comments

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    the adventurer
    January 28, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    One of my favorite walks on the island =o) The view is so beautiful

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    platforms and pacifiers - hanna
    January 28, 2018 at 1:17 AM

    This looks like an amazing trip!! I love outdoor adventures and I know my son would REALLY love this!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 28, 2018 at 7:00 AM

      Its a great option for kiddos of all ages! He would have a blast 🙂

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    Cathy
    January 27, 2018 at 7:24 PM

    Oh my goodness, I have never been to Hawaii. But, you’ve definitely added to the things I want to do and see when I am able to get there! How beautiful!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 28, 2018 at 6:59 AM

      Thanks Cathy! Hope you are able to explore Hawaii someday!

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    Jolene
    January 27, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    It’s so beautiful there! We’ve never been to Hawaii and would love to visit some day!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM

      So much to do and see! I hope you make it out here some day 🙂

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    Jersey Girl Cooks
    January 27, 2018 at 5:32 AM

    Some of these views look absolutely gorgeous! I would love to one day take my family to Hawaii and go hiking!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 27, 2018 at 6:23 AM

      If you make it to Hawaii hiking should definitely be on your list of things to do. So many options out here for a range of abilities. Aloha!

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    D at Be you and thrive
    January 26, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    Oh Hawaii! I heart thee!! I’ve been to a few of the islands and am amazed at how wonderfully different they are! Love the ability to hike and explore!!!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 26, 2018 at 9:12 PM

      So true, its a magical place! Aloha

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    Marie, Mamma's Cooking
    January 26, 2018 at 8:14 AM

    Those views would definitely be a great motivation to exercise! Here in New England my walks are a little different, yet still beautiful – walks through the forest or around a pond.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 26, 2018 at 9:12 PM

      New England is lovely! I grew up just north of Boston 🙂

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    Courtney Buechle
    January 25, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    This is breathtaking! I would love to live someplace where I could wake up to a view like that and exercise with a view like that. Great photos!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 25, 2018 at 3:35 PM

      Thanks Courtney! Definitely an amazing place to explore!

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    candy
    January 25, 2018 at 6:48 AM

    Never been to Hawaii but my son has. He actually loved it there. Would like to go someday.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 25, 2018 at 8:58 AM

      I hope you make it out here Candy. Aloha!

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    Sam | Away She Went
    January 25, 2018 at 6:48 AM

    Those views! I wish the hiking around here was that scenic!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 25, 2018 at 8:58 AM

      Gotta find those hidden gems! Thanks Sam.

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    nicole
    January 25, 2018 at 6:26 AM

    How lovely!!!! Visiting Hawaii is on my bucket list and I cannot wait to visit!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 25, 2018 at 8:58 AM

      You will have a blast! Thanks Nicole!

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    Emily Fata, www.EmulatingEmily.com
    January 25, 2018 at 6:13 AM

    This looks like an absolutely marvellous place to explore!I’d love to be able to wander through these trails one day. 🙂

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 25, 2018 at 8:57 AM

      It’s lovely! A great option for hikers of all abilities.

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