Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

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  • Address: Waimanalo, HI 96795, United States, Honolulu
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Light House, Trail

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail - Review

A pair of sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes and you are ready to explore the views that surround the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. The trail takes you to a height of around 700 feet to reach the 100-year old lighthouse that sits overlooking a cliff. If you are lucky, you can even sight a few Humpback whales in the Molokai Channel.

Start your day early by having a hearty breakfast at Kokomarina Center and don’t forget to carry your camera to capture the beauty all around.

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail Information

  • Carry bottled drinking water and snacks.
  • Do wear sturdy shoes for the hike.
  • The Hike is pretty easy but the pathways don’t have enough shade. Do carry your sunscreen with you.

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail Ticket Prices

  • Admission to the place is Free.

How To reach Makapuu Lighthouse Trail by Public Transport

  • By Bus: At Sea Life Park
  • By Taxi
  • By hiring a local Cab
  • By renting a Car/Bike 

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TripHobo Highlights for Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

  • Makapuu Lighthouse Trail Address: Waimanalo, HI 96795, United States, Honolulu
  • Makapuu Lighthouse Trail Timing: 24-hrs
  • Makapuu Lighthouse Trail Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Makapuu Lighthouse Trail(preferred time): 08:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Makapuu Lighthouse Trail: 02:30 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

  • 14.11% of people who visit Honolulu include Makapuu Lighthouse Trail in their plan

  • 78.79% of people start their Makapuu Lighthouse Trail visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Monday, Tuesday and Friday

94.19% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

People normally club together Koko Crater Trail and U. S. Army Museum Of Hawaii while planning their visit to Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.

People also prefer to end their day with Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail Trips

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Honolulu Reviews

  • When I lived in Hawaii, this was my favorite short hike and a nice way to spend part of the Sabbath day. It's a safer option for someone alone. It's a short hike and a fairly good workout because there's some hill walking involved but not strenuous. It is mostly paved, from what I remember. At the top, there's a wonderful breeze and ocean views stretched out as far as the eyes can see; on a good day, that is. Also, on a clear day there are views of some of the other islands. The lighthouse is special as well. Great place for meditating or spending time with a loved one.

  • This Makapu'u Point Light House Point was located in an incredibly beautiful area of the Island of Oahu. The hike itself was one that anyone could make. With paved trails at a slight steady incline, we saw many people with kids and strollers conquering this hike. I have to say the views all the way to the top we're nothing less than breathtaking. The lookouts at the top provided some of the most spectacular views I've ever seen. Check out my pics and you'll see exactly what I mean. Don't miss out on opportunity to experience these views.

  • Completely tarmac which is amazing, refreshing to not have to worry about where you stand on a hike! Not too steep or long at all and good sized car park enough to get plenty of spaces there. Had some great views a lot better than expected, and although the free car park was busy, we did not see a lot of people (or have trouble finding a parking space, there’s loads). Perfect if you want your kids to get into walking as a nice safe trail. Apparently you can see whales if you come between January and April which we did not unfortunately, but there are spots to sit out and watch if you want to spend a few hours looking for them.

  • Pros: it's paved concrete all the way up Cons: it's paved so it gets hot, your feet will feel the burn The trail here isn't bad with a small incremental incline on the way up. Depending on weather, it may feel the like its the hottest trail though due to the concrete. As for the view, we felt Diamond Head Crater to be much more breathtaking in comparison but ymmv. As always with any trail, wear comfortable shoes and bring water. We drank four 20 Oz bottles between the 3 of us.

  • Probably one of the most well-maintained trail on the island after Diamond Head. Unlike Diamond Head though I would say this is probably okay to hike in casual footwear like open-toe sandals, sneakers, etc. because of the paved road just about the entire hike. This is an open, uncovered hike, if can avoid high sun, hottest temperature of the day. If not bring a hat and maybe a light, breathable, cool long sleeve...or arm sleeves if you got them. Definitely do not skimp on the sun block even on overcast days, you can still get a mean sunburn. It's an incline so be prepared. This is not a very long hike in distance, but the incline, if you're not prepared for it can be heart-pounding and sweaty cardio workout. Bring water. Bring water. Bring water. The views going up are spectacular. There is parking in a small lot, if not please safely find one outside of the gates. Also make sure your car is out of the lot before the gates close or it's stuck there overnight. Enjoy!

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