|DIFFICULTY||LENGTH||ELEVATION GAIN||ROUTE TYPE|
|Easy||~2.5 mi / 1 – 1.5 hr||~500 ft||Out & Back|
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is a popular and easy hike located on the southeastern tip of Oahu. The trail ends at an observation deck where you’ll enjoy panoramic views looking up the Windward coast, down the Southern coast, from the ocean to the mountains, truly breathtaking. You’ll also get good views of Koko Head and the historic Makapuu Lighthouse from various points of the trail. If it’s an especially clear day you might be able to catch a glimpse of the neighboring islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai in the distance. The entire trail is paved and great for pets, kids, older folks and even strollers. There’s not really any shade along the way though so you may get hot and should bring your sunscreen. If you find yourself here sometime between November and May make sure you look out for migrating humpback whales in the ocean. The peak whale watching months are January through March. Thousands of whales make their way to Hawaii every year to mate, give birth, and nurse their calves.
Once you’re done with the hike there’s plenty of other places to explore in the area. Hang out at Alan Davis Beach to the West and check out Pele’s Chair. Or hike down to the Makapuu Tidepools nearby. And there’s always Makapuu Beach to the North.
There’s a parking lot off of Kalanianaole Hwy in front of the trailhead. When that fills up people park on the side of the road leading up to the parking lot.