Makapuu Point LightHouse Trail
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The Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail, located on the southeastern-most tip of the island of Oahu. The Trail Head GPS is N 21 18.312 W 157 39.304. Directions to the trail head: From Honolulu head east on the H-1 Freeway until it turns into Kalanianaole Highway ( Hwy 72) , drive past Hawaii Kai, Haunama Bay, and the Hawaii Kai driving range. After the driving range there's a curve in the road. After the curve there will be a break in the guardrail, turn right, enter the parking lot. There's no need for a hiking permit.

The best time of year to hike this trail is from November to May. This is the whale-watching season. If you're lucky, you might see a pod of whales, whales breaching, or maybe a mother and her calf.

The best time of day to start your hike is 8a.m. to 10a.m. This is the cooler part of the day. Make sure to wear a hat and sunscreen, as it gets hot on the trail. Take plenty of water to keep you hydrated. Don't leave any valuables in your car.

Here some facts about the trail. It's a 2.5 mile round trip. There's an elevation gain of 500'. It's rated as moderate to strenuous. There is no shade or bathroom facilities along the trail. It takes the average hike roughly about 2.5 hours to complete the hike.There are some steep parts along the trail. This is a very dry part of the island. The vegetation is a mix of stunted kiawe trees and cacti. Half way up the trail is a whale watching sign. It gives you the information about the whales.

The view at the summit is worth the effort. It's breathtaking. There are two observation platforms at the summit with chain link fences. The lighthouse is a short distance away, further down the slope. The Makapu'u Point Lighthouse built in 1909,. The lighthouse is off-limits to the public.

Off in the near distance are two islands called Manana Islet (aka Shark Islet) and Kaohikaipu Islet(aka Rabbit Island). These two islets are bird sanctuaries.

If you're lucky you can see Molokai and Lana'i Island on a clear day.

Another thing to look for are base-jumpers. These parachutists launch from the higher elevation cliffs above the lighthouse. I have seen as many as twelve base-jumpers at one time. The sea breezes blow onto the cliff faces, which make the Makapu'u cliffs ideal for base-jumping. The landing zone is about a half mile from the lighthouse along the shoreline.

With its breathtaking views, the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse trail is a worthwhile hike.


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