The Makapuu lighthouse trail is 2 miles (3.3 km) long, easy, and will take about one to three hours. It is often recommended for
beginners. We met hikers of all ages and shapes, wheelchairs and prams. There is a steady climb and it might be necessary to take
a pause to catch your breath. There are great views along the trail, which also means exposure to sun. Bring water and use sun block.
There is free parking but no toilet facilities.
The entire trail is asphalted and many made it to the top in sandals or flipflops.
Information about the lighthouse and the area at the beginning of the trail.
A heavy metal gate at the beginning.
View towards Koko Head at the beginning of the trail.
Lots of wild flowers.
A caterpillar crossing the path, maybe a Kou leafworm.
You can see Molokai, Maui and Lanai from the path.
The general advice is to stay on the trail, but some people venture down to the sea. If you do, never turn your back to the water.
About halfway is a view point from which you may see humpback whales migrating between Oahu and Molokai from November to May – so bring binoculars.
The whale watching point.
There are many prickly pear cactus along the path.
Makapuu light house.
The trail leads to the view point at the top right.
Night blooming cereus Hylocereus undatus in the foreground, very common in Hawaii. The most well known hedge surrounds Punahou School.
View from the top towards Waimanalo. Sea life park just up the coast.
At the viewpoint at the end of the trail. There is a bunker on the top of the hill in the background that can be reached by a narrow path.
View from the bunker towards the view point. The lighthouse clings to the slope on the left.
View from the bunker towards Waimanalo.
View towards Koko Head, on the left, and Sea Life Park to the right, from atop the bunker.
Hawaiian cactus flower.