Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail

Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail

March 2021

Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail – Oahu, Hawaii

Another Hawaiian hike! I had this one on retainer as I did not think we would have time to get to it but since the rain had interrupted plans, this trail got a promotion. Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail is an easy two mile trail hike along the southeast side of the island along the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline. A bonus is that there is a pretty decently sized parking lot and the parking and access to the trail is free. The entire trail is paved and wide for the two miles, and there is a 500 foot elevation gain.

I knew we were taking a risk being outdoors today as we could see the rain over the ocean making their way to land. We wore our rain jackets and hoped for the best. Typically on a hot and sunny day this trail can be a bit uncomfortable as there is little shade but this was not an issue today. On a clear day, visibility may even allow a glimpse of neighboring Molokai and Lanai.

Other than the rain, it was a relaxing walk up and we made it to the top before we knew it. It was hard to picture what we expected to see given the weather but we at least assumed a lighthouse. The drop off to the north was definitely unexpected – I cannot image what this looks like on a sunny day.

On the way back, we skimmed the waters for whale sightings. While Maui by far exceeds Oahu in whale population, there were several signs on the way up indicating this was a great spot for viewing humpback whales. And low and behold – we spotted blow holes! It looked like we were parallel with two or three whales in the distanced, occasionally coming up for air. After a few minutes, they dived down into the deep ocean. While weather was not on our side, the whales certainly were.

This was an awesome area! I wish we had more time to explore it but we were happy to have the time to have completed this trail. I would recommend if you are looking for an easy and scenic coastal view.

Continue reading about our Oahu adventure – here!

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3 thoughts on “Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail”

  • We’re heading to Molokai and Kauai in Feb/Mar 2022, with a stopover in Honolulu both on the way there and on the way back. I have added the Makapu’u Lookout to our itinerary. It will be whale season so hopefully we will get lucky!

    • Wonderful! Odds are high that time of year you will see one from that view point! Sending all the lucky vibes your way =)

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