Hike the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail

Hawaii Makapu'u Point Lighthouse

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Bodysurfing, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    708 Feet

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Scenic

Hike to views of the historical lighthouse overlooking the beautiful west side. This is also great exercise if you're looking to stretch your legs before exploring more of the island. Fun bodysurfing and beach day at Makapu'u Beach. A photographers dream, with ocean and earth landscapes, and amazing sunrises and sunsets.

If you're looking to get moving and get your heart rate up or want a place to snap great photos, start with hiking to Makapu’u Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1909 on a 600-ft cliff, which overlooks Makapu’u beach. The hike is more of an uphill walk and can be done in sandals unless you’re looking to run it. If you’re hiking it, it’s about an hour round-trip at an easy pace. 

Once you’ve made it back down to your car, drive north to Makapu’u beach, stake out your spot, throw your fins on, and get in the water. Makapu’u is a fun spot for bodysurfing and gets fairly consistent wind swell. If you’re not a great swimmer, it’s best to enjoy from the beach and break out the spam musubi. If you want to pick up some food to bring with you to the beach, head up 72 to Waimanalo and hit up Sweet Home Waimanalo for some BBQ.

Pack List

  • Hiking/ Running shoes
  • Fitness clothes
  • Water
  • Sun block
  • Bodysurfing fins (optional)
  • Swimsuit (optional)
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This hike is beautiful. But disappointing that its a pavement pathway. Worth the hike.

8 months ago
8 months ago

This is one of the more touristy 'hikes' on Oahu... the fact that it is almost entirely paved may detract from the nature of hiking but the views at the top make it worth it! Also, winter whale watching is now upon us... that said, I recommend making the trip with a telephoto lens or a pair of binoculars!

10 months ago
10 months ago

This Was A Really Easy Hike. If You're Taking Kids, This Might Be A Good Place To Start. The Best Part Of The Trip Is Off Trail Where My Wife And I Found Tide Pools To Take A Swim. Without The Tide Pools The View At The Top Is Great. It's All Paved Road With No Restroom.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

The current at this beach is strong so inexperienced swimmers are best off hanging out on the beach or doing the hike.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

It can get really hot here in the summer, but winter whale watching was rewarding.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Prevailing trade winds, can, on occasion, blow swarms of Portuguese Man-of-War to shore. A simple check before swimming is to check the waterline, if you spot a bunch of blue bubbles across the tide line, you should reconsider going out. *Also Makapu'u features some extreme under tows and rip currents that can challenge even the most advanced bodysurfers and swimmers, unless you've been swimming here your entire life, it would be highly recommended to check in with the lifeguard.

over 3 years ago
over 3 years ago

Had a blast bodysurfing!

almost 4 years ago
almost 4 years ago

The trail can get a little hot & a little crowded, so I prefer to go early in the morning. Also, you can drop off of the main path & hike down to some tide pools that are big enough to swim in (tide permitting, of course).

about 4 years ago
about 4 years ago

The hike is pretty easy and offers up a great view once you make it to the top! Bodysurfing at Makapu'u is really fun and it's more user-friendly than Sandy's.

about 4 years ago
about 4 years ago

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