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Hike to the Makapuu Lighthouse

Oahu Hiking - Makapu`u Lighthouse Trail

If you're looking for a relatively easy hike with breathtaking views, this is the one.



Hike to the Makapuu Lighthouse

One of the things I love about this hike is you have this paved road that you can easily walk, yet you pass by sweeping vistas and incredible ocean views.  It's fun for the whole family and another great thing to do on Oahu for free.

Steep cliffs to crashing rocks

As you hike along the trail, you will come up to cliffs that allow you to look nearly straight down into crashing rocks. It's a really dramatic view and might test your fear of heights. It is awesome!

At the summit

At the end you not only get a great view of the lighthouse but also an outstanding look at Makapuu beach and the little islands nearby. Bring a picnic lunch and you'll really enjoy yourselves!

Oahu Weather Now

°F | °C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 62%
Wind: NE at 17 mph

75 | 86
23 | 30

75 | 86
23 | 30

75 | 86
23 | 30

74 | 85
23 | 29

Makapuu Lighthouse vertical graphic

  • Current Beach Information for Makapu'u Beach Park, Windward Shore (Oahu) 7/19/2011
    Beach Condition: Moderate — Normal caution advised. Be vigilant of changing conditions especially at beaches known for strong shore breaks and on exposed rocks or cliffs near the ocean. Avoid exposed rocks that are wet from surf. Watch for holes and channels in shallow water.

    Offshore Condition: Moderate — Normal caution advised. Approach the ocean with caution. Be alert for choppy seas, currents, and breaking waves. Weak swimmers should not venture offshore as the seafloor drops off quickly and tidal currents and winds are strong on many island shores. Users of kayaks and other unpowered craft must be aware of strong wind and current conditions that can carry you offshore, and are capable of changing unexpectedly.

    Surf Report Timestamp: 7/19/2011 7:00:00 PM HST
    Current Wind: from the East at 11.5 gusting to 20.7 MPH (10 gusting to 18 KT)
    Current Weather: Light Rain

Hiking Gear Guide

Experienced hikers know what to bring, and here’s a guide for the rest of us:

• Water (lots!)

• Hat, large enough to give you plenty of shade. Personally I like the large “Chinese” hats.

• Good hiking shoes. Either that or go barefoot, like I do!

• Light lunch for your reward at the end of the trail.

• Nuts and energy snacks for along the way of particularly long hikes.

• Camera

• Sunscreen

• Binoculars

• Depending on conditions, leave a change of shoes and clothes in the car.

• GPS unit.

• Walkie-talkies for the group.

• Wireless phone