Makapuu Lighthouse Trail775 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Waimanalo, HI 96795, United States, Honolulu
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
- Tags: Light House, Trail
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 Travel Tips
- 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.
Entrance Ticket Details For Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
- Admission to the place is Free.
How to Reach Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
- By Bus: At Sea Life Park
- By Taxi
- By hiring a local Cab
- By renting a Car/Bike
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12.97% of people who visit Honolulu include Makapuu Lighthouse Trail in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
78.79% of people start their Makapuu Lighthouse Trail visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
2 Hrs 30 Minutes
People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
94.19% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail Reviews & Ratings
Beautiful views! Great to do in the late afternoon and the sun is coming down. Takes about 30-45 min to go up. Prepare for a sloe but steady Incline the whole way up. All completely paved!
Second hike of the day - paved asphalt all the way to the top. Great for strollers & wheel chairs. We took water, snacks & had a great time with a 99% dry walk. Spectacular views of the water & shoreline. Someone said you can often view Sea Turtles in the surf. During December - March this is excellent place for whale watching.
The Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail is perfect for those who want a grand view from a short hike. The trail is so nicely paved and the grade so minimal that I found the 600 feet elevation gain in 1.5 miles relatively easy. Heat and humidity, however, dictate that you bring water. And there are no restrooms. But the scene at top is dramatic. Perched hundreds of feet on cliffs towering over pounding surf, you enjoy spectacular views up the coast and out to Maui on a clear day.
Great easy walk up to light house. Its paved the whole way and there are plenty of areas to stop and rest if needed. The views are amazing and it seems pretty safe, even though there were signs warnings of people braking in to cars. There were lots of people there but not crowded. There are lots of side trails which take you to gorgeous views of the island.
This is well worth the effort. Start early and take water. It takes about 90 minutes round trip. It was in the heat of the day or I would have stayed at least an hour at the top. The views are stunning in every direction.