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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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  • Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail is a paved, easy to navigate trail. It does go uphill the whole way. I am a bit out of shape and stopped frequently to "admire the view". It was so worth the effort. The...  more »
  • Well paved hike. This trail was HOT until you got above the 1/2 point where the ocean wind was pleasantly cooling. It was a good time filling hike with beautiful views.  more »

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