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“Great hike with gorgeous views.”

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 when humpbacks aren’t spouting offshore. If you’re really ambitious, tackle a pre-sunrise hike to the top so you can grab a glorious photo of the sunrise.
Loma Linda, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great hike with gorgeous views.”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

This hike starts from the parking lot leading to a viewpoint above makapuu lighthouse. The path is paved so you can take a stroller all the way up. I didn't feel the hike was too strenuous and having it paved made for little to no issue about navigating the terrain. We didn't see any whales but we did go up around 5pm which gave a great sunset view of the ocean and clouds. It was very cool to see the pink clouds from the sunset reflected onto the ocean giving dense hues of blues on the ocean surface with large pink spots. It's beautiful and breathtaking. The top of the lighthouse give a great view of the northeastern portion of Oahu.

This is definitely one place that captures the beauty of Oahu and must not be missed. In addition, this trail also opens up to Makapuu beach which I will review separately.

Visited November 2013
Thank Marc S
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Kingston, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice easy hike great views”
Reviewed 29 November 2013

This is an easy great hike. The trail is paved to the top, so you can push a stroller to the top. The views are magnificant, and the light house is beautiful. Parking can be a little tight, and takes about 45 min. to get to the top.
The whales weren't migrating yet, so we didn't see any, but the views of the ocean were spectacular! Bring binoculars so you can see Maui. The very top has a few steps if you want a good view of the lighthouse. There are no bathrooms. Bring water.

Visited November 2013
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Mililani Town, Hawaii, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great hike for beginners”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Good parking, an easy paved trail up to the lookout over Makapu'u. For a sunrise view from the lookout, you will have to park on the road and walk in. The parking lot doesn't open early enough to get to the lookout in time for the sunrise.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Michael M
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Hike, but slightly intense ...”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

I enjoy hiking A LOT, so I was up for this hike. Being from Colorado, and most of the hikes I do being mountains, I figured this hike would be an ease. Even the tour guide on the bus dropping us off stated how easy the hike was. WRONG. It is a steep incline. Be prepared. It isn't the worse incline, but I feel like a lot of people in these reviews as well as locals under sale the incline. Just be prepared. Amazing views and well worth it. Plus, the hike is rather short (hour tops) so when factoring in the time, maybe it makes the hike easier to some people.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Elizabeth A
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
“great place to hike”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

The views are spectacular and the hike is great for a good work out. Truly peaceful hike with breath taking views of the East End of Oahu. On a clear day you can see Moloka'i and Maui in the distance.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank angelina1813
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