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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Honolulu

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Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
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. Make Makapuu Lighthouse Trail part of your personalized Honolulu itinerary using our Honolulu trip website.
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  • This hike is worth the trip to do, it is on a paved path/road and is somewhat demanding but worth it. Educational info on the way up and the views are great. Wish the light house area was open but....  more »
  • Really worth the hike. It is totally paved which makes for a bit easier hike. You do need to be in decent shape as it is all uphill. No shade so bring sunscreen. All in all do this hike if able.  more »

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