Hike the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail



2.5 miles

Elevation Gain

708 ft

Route Type


Added by Kelly Drake

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.

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5 months ago

Sold hike

Good solid hike, but there are many others on Oahu I'd rather do again. Fun if you like lighthouses

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9 months ago

Fun hike

Fun hike on the east side of Oahu. The beginning of the trail is paved and there is a great lighthouse reward at the end of the hike!


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over 2 years ago

Sunrise is the way to go!

Get there for sunrise and you won't be disappointed! Skip the crowds too!


This hike is beautiful. But disappointing that its a pavement pathway. Worth the hike.


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over 4 years ago

Good easy hike

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!

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