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Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail – Easy Hike in Hawaii with a great view

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Easy hike in Hawaii with a view over the east coast

Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail – Easy Hike in Hawaii with great views of O‘ahu’s east coastline. If you like amazing views, this hike is a MUST!

The hiking path

This easy hike in Hawaii is great for families, as the road is paved and you can hike there with a stroller as well. It takes about 30-40 minutes to the top. The round trip is 1.5 miles long, about 2.4 kilometers. A great hike for families with kids!

If you are looking for a more challenging hike on the east side of Oahu, try Koko Head. Koko Head Hike is a steep hike up the Koko Head Crater. 1,048 railroad ties need to be conquered before you get to the top. Enjoy an amazing view into the crater, over Hanauma Bay and Hawaii Kai, you can even see Diamond Head in the south.

The Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail Hike

From December to April, you can be lucky and watch whales here as well.If you want to be even closer to the Whales, check out the Whale watching tours during the Whale season in Hawaii.

Makapuu Lighthouse Hike
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail Hike

We recommend to hike in the morning or in the late afternoon due to the high temperatures. This is a nice and easy trail perfect for families with kids.

On the way to the lighthouse, there are several platforms where you can sit down and enjoy a great view.
In the middle of the path you can watch people climbing down to small pools – but the way is very steep and exhausting. Arriving at the end of the path, you will have a fantastic view of the lighthouse and the entire east coast. On a beautiful day, you can also see other islands. The lighthouse is the easter point of Oahu. Looking down you can see beautiful Makapuu beach. On our island tours of Oahu we stop at the Makapu’u Lookout. Your guide will explain everything about rabbit island, give insights to the hawaiian culture and share ALOHA. We are looking forward to showing you the beauty of the island.

Makapu’u Lookout – Alternative to the Hike

Makapuu Beach Oahu
Makapuu Beach & Rabbit Island, Oahu

If you do not want to hike, but still want to enjoy the great view, you can continue driving and stop at Makapu’u Lookout. This is also a stop on our Oahu tours. The Lookout overlooks Rabbit Island, Makapu’u Beach Park and Waimanalo Beach. Rabbit Island is called Rabbit Island because locals say it looks like a rabbit.
Makapu’u Beach Park is located next to the lookout and is one of my favorite beaches on the island. Waimanalo Beach has been voted the most beautiful beach in the US and in order to unique and beautiful, tours are not allowed to stay on this beach.

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