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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Honolulu

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Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail will take you over the hills and by the sea, from a stunning beach to a volcanic point. According to legend, Makapu’u was a supernatural being, with eight bright eyes. Today, instead of a giant at the point, you'll find a lighthouse named after her, with a red roof and what's thought to be the biggest lighthouse lens in the United States, standing 3.5 m (12 ft) tall. Bring water, a hat, and binoculars--if you’re lucky, you’ll see whales in addition to seabirds. Be mindful of the prickly cacti along the way. Make Makapuu Lighthouse Trail part of your personalized Honolulu itinerary using our Honolulu trip website.
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  • This is an easy 3 mile roundtrip hike any family member can do along a well paved wide trail. There is no shade so bring a hat if you burn easily and don't expect to find a restroom either. The ocean....  more »
  • What a wonderful hike the kids loved it we saw a whale and terrific views fantastic photographs easy hikes!  more »
  • Great hike. Great views. Go early, parking gets worse as the day goes along. This trail is all up hill, but if you are in reasonable shape or take your time anyone can make it. Paved trail, wide...  more »

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