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Makapuu Lighthouse

Makapuu Lighthouse

Kalaniana'ole Hwy, turnout above Makapu'u Beach, Hawaii

The Basics

The scenic Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail is entirely paved and stretches for 1.2 miles (2 kilometers). The hike affords views of Makapu’u Beach, Koko Head, and, on clear days, the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai. Lucky hikers will also see humpback whales breaching in winter months. There are also several delights along the trail, including military pillboxes and teeming tide pools.

Most travelers hike the trail independently, while many group and private tours of East Oahu and the entire island include stops at the Makapu’u Point Lookout.

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【Hiking Shuttle】Makapuu Lighthouse, Koko Head Crater or Diamond Head

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【Hiking Shuttle】Makapuu Lighthouse, Koko Head Crater or Diamond Head
$45.00 per adult
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Amazing
We had very interesting experience and an amazing view and guide with our driver if I have a chance to go back I will
Anita_B, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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A must do hike
aneet_b, May 2022
【Hiking Shuttle】Makapuu Lighthouse, Koko Head Crater or Diamond Head
We did the makapuu lighthouse trail. The trail was beautiful with all the different views. Well worth getting up early for. The driver/tour guide was amazing stopping off on the way back to the blow holes and the lava beach. He was great
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michelle_b, Jul 2022
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service
Great tour! Awesome views. 100 percent recommended. Driver even stopped at additional locations. Quick pick up and drop off. Will return
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Must do
Jordan_D, May 2022
Half-Day Hiking Tour to Diamond Head and Makapuu Lighthouse
Both hikes are a must do. The Diamond Head is a more difficult hike but worth it. Bring a good pair of shoes and a good camera for both. The shuttle was on time and the drivers where great especially Cousin Mark.
star-4
All uphill climb, got my...
Joy_H, May 2022
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service
All uphill climb, got my legs sore in other ways. Then all downhill. Views are spectacular. Take a hat to cover face from sun.
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A little hike gets reward with nice view
Louie_R, Apr 2022
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service
This is my first time going to Makapu’u lighthouse. Our friendly driver picked us up on time and shared some of his knowledge about the area. I would consider the short hike mild(feels like walking on a treadmill with 45 degree angle) compared to the Diamond Head. The view on top is amazing and the breeze up there is one the best I experienced in years. If you’re a photographer, it’s quite a challenge to get a perfect angle of the lighthouse due to limited access but still worth seeing.
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Diamond Head and Makapuu Lighthouse trails
Ron_S, May 2022
Half-Day Hiking Tour to Diamond Head and Makapuu Lighthouse
The views were great. The drivers were knowledgeable about the sites and places we passed along the way. The hikes were self-guided. Our tour was broken up into two days which was good since doing both in the same day may have been challenging due to the grades involved. The Lighthouse path was paved and relatively easy uphill walk and some stairs. The Diamond Head trail was a more challenging climb with mixed surfaces including dirt and rocks, semi-dark tunnels and stairs.
star-5
Amazing Hike
Greg_N, Apr 2022
【Hiking Shuttle】Makapuu Lighthouse, Koko Head Crater or Diamond Head
The Koko Head Crater Trail hike was amazing with awesome views. It’s a great way to start the morning.
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Nice Mini Hike & Super Views!
JeremiahJOhn_D, Mar 2022
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service
Kevin was an amazing driver/tour guide and very knowledgeable! Had the best experience and the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail hike was easy, especially once you get to the top which takes about 30 minutes, was breathtaking! The whole experience from booking to pick up and drop off was seamless. I highly recommend them and would definitely use them again next time in Waikiki!
star-5
Great fun
littlesister, May 2022
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service
I is beautiful a long walk but we'll worth it. I would definitely do it again. Make sure you take extra water. And take a lot of pictures
star-5
Great hiking opportunities!
Peter_V, Feb 2022
Half-Day Hiking Tour to Diamond Head and Makapuu Lighthouse
It was an easy pickup and drop-offs. Diamond Head and the Makapuu LIghthouse were VERY scenic. Be prepared for some uphill walking. Wear sunscreen. Water is supplied, but it couldn't hurt to bring some.
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The sunrise was amazing. ...
Jane_H, Feb 2022
【Hiking Shuttle】Makapuu Lighthouse, Koko Head Crater or Diamond Head
The sunrise was amazing. The hike was good, the sites on the way back were nice as well. The driver was pleasant and personable.
star-5
Great time
Delia_F, Mar 2022
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service
It was a grea self guide tour with shuttle from my hotel. The tour guide was very prompt to pick me up
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Makapu’u Point is ideal for lighthouse enthusiasts and anyone looking for a lovely, low-impact outdoor experience.

  • There is no access to the lighthouse.

  • Good walking shoes are recommended, as are a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water. On cloudy days, tote a rain jacket.

  • The trail is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though it does have a moderate grade to the lighthouse. The side trail to the tide pools is not accessible.

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How to Get There

The Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail is located on Oahu’s southeastern point, about 16 miles (26 kilometers) from downtown Honolulu. If driving, park on the street or in the free Makapu’u Point Lookout parking lot (opens at 7am) at the base of the hike.

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When to Get There

The trail is open year-round. Oahu has mild tropical weather but can be wet in winter and quite hot in summer. No matter the time of year, arrive early in the day to avoid crowds and heat.

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Makapu’u Tide Pools

Once you reach the third rest stop along the lighthouse trail, you can climb down a challenging, rocky trail to the Makapu’u tide pools. Made of black volcanic rock, the pools host sea stars, crabs, fish, and intermittent blowholes. Be advised that this portion of the hike is unpaved and best suited to experienced hikers. There have been serious injuries and deaths at the tide pools—visitors are advised to stay far from the area during high tide.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Makapuu Lighthouse ?
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