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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Honolulu

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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. Plan your visit to Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Honolulu itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    One of the best views on the island! Relatively short and easy hike. Don't go off trail cause it can be dangerous. Time your hike with the whale season and it would make your day!  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    It's a 1.4 mile hike up to the top. Would not recommend this for those in manual wheelchairs. The views at the top were spectacular and trade winds were blowing well. We saw lots of coral reefs and de...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Maybe because it was the first hike in the Hawaiian Island, but I think it's the most beautiful hike. At the top, the view of the ocean gives a sense of infinity, has an indescribable blue. Not to be missed!
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