Trail to Makapuu Lighthouse

Trail to Makapuu Lighthouse

June 18, 2016

Driving to Makapuu is already beautiful, the relaxing stroll up the trail is the cherry on the top.

The Makapuu Lighthouse Trail has recently been renovated by the State of Hawaii, the sidewalks are wide & paved and there's scenic viewing spots dotted along the trail.

A popular hike for both locals & tourists, it's actually one of our favorite spots. The view is spectacular all around & the best part? It's dog-friendly too!

Lavahut - Makapuu Trail Hike

As you make your way up the most southeastern tip of Oahu, you're surrounded by the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean and the gentle slopes of Koko Crater.

Lavahut - Makapuu Trail Hike - Koko Crater

Midway up the hike, brand new telescopes have been installed for whale watching... These are free, so take a peek :)

Lavahut - Makapuu Trail Hike - Whale Station

Humpback whales make their annual migration to Hawaii around December to May. If you see people pointing out to sea in excitement, it's most likely a whale coming up for air or waving us "Aloha" with their tail.

Lavahut - Makapuu Trail Hike - Trail

After your brief break at the whale-watching station, continue onward to another breath-taking look-out. This one overlooks Rabbit Island and Kaohikaipu Island State Seabird Sanctuary.

Lavahut - Makapuu Trail Hike - Scenic Point

Lavahut - Makapuu Trail Hike - Rabbit Island

Keep your eyes open for the bright red lighthouse stationed on the very tip of our island's coastline. And here's a fun little trivia... The Makapuu Point Lighthouse has "the largest lens of any lighthouse in the United States". (Source: Wikipedia)

Lavahut - Makapuu Trail Hike

Remember to bring your camera & capture some gorgeous selfies and Instagram your favorite postcard wonders.

Have fun & Aloha!

Lavahut - Makapuu Trail Hike - Rabbit Island



  • Comfy walking shoes
  • Stay hydrated - bring water
  • Sunscreen
  • Flat incline trail with scenic viewing spots
  • About two miles round-trip
  • 1 to 2 hours round-trip
  • Park your car at the beginning of the trail
  • Don't leave any valuables in your car
  • No restrooms
  • Admission: Free

Makapuu Lighthouse Parking & Starting Point:

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail:

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