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“I love this easy but beautiful hike”

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.
Honolulu, Hawaii
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“I love this easy but beautiful hike”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

I love hiking up to the lighthouse .. Its a sunny and beautiful hike with an end result of panoramic views of the beautiful ocean and Makapu'u cliffs and on a clear day you can see Moloka'i and Maui Islands nestled peacefully on the Pacific ocean. I love this HIKE!

Visited November 2013
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

This has got to be one of the best scenic trails I've ever done..the views are totally worth it and the hike is not that hard..this is a must!

Visited February 2014
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Marlton, New Jersey
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“Easy Trail but uphill”
Reviewed 15 February 2014

It took me about 45 minutes to get to the top, all uphill. It was easy enough that most people could do except for those with serious mobility issues. I went early but there was still a good amount of people there. It is easy to almost miss the cutoff to the parking lot. You can just see the lighthouse from the viewpoint, but don't really get close to it. Coming down is fairly easy. From what I remember, it was windy at the top.

Visited March 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Breathtaking views!”
Reviewed 15 February 2014

Although perhaps misnamed, Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is a relatively easy walk (1 mile each way) to some of the most amazing views on Oahu. Misnamed you say? Yes, as the lighthouse is visible but not a tourist attraction - you cannot go inside. The walk begins at the parking lot located just off the main highway and near the beach made famous in From Here to Eternity. The path is paved and accessible to wheelchairs or strollers. While the path itself is safe and easy, visitors should take food and water as there is little shade and NO facilities nor bathrooms. There are no benches or rest points along the way, although there are large rocks that work just as well. Similarly, visitors should stay on the path as there are no rails or guards preventing people from straying onto more dangerous ground and falling. The views of the island and the Pacific are amazing and well worth the trip. If you think Hawaii is too "touristy" or two commercial, Makapuu Trail is for you. This is Hawaii as it should be - beautiful, breathtaking and memorable.

Visited October 2013
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“Good hike, great view”
Reviewed 14 February 2014

Get here early or later in the day to find parking as this popular trail can get fill up quick. Trail is paved all the way up and loops around the hillside adding time and distance to the hike. Views can be had in all directions especially at the top! Look for breaching whales as they are everywhere in January. Things to bring: Camera, sneakers, hat, water, sunblock, snacks!

Visited January 2014
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