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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Honolulu

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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail will take you over the hills and by the sea, from a stunning beach to a volcanic point. According to legend, Makapu’u was a supernatural being, with eight bright eyes. Today, instead of a giant at the point, you'll find a lighthouse named after her, with a red roof and what's thought to be the biggest lighthouse lens in the United States, standing 3.5 m (12 ft) tall. Bring water, a hat, and binoculars--if you’re lucky, you’ll see whales in addition to seabirds. Be mindful of the prickly cacti along the way. Make Makapuu Lighthouse Trail part of your personalized Honolulu itinerary using our Honolulu trip website .
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  • Walk of 4 km with wonderful view. Recommend, but requires a bit of effort, because it's a long way up.
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  • This is an easy hike up an asphalted trail with gorgeous views. There are some lowland paths to the ocean that you can follow that look like an easy hike also, but we chose the uphill climb. Blue skie...  more »
  • This hike is all paved to the very top but a steep climb in some places. There are a few areas to stop and rest. You can even see whales in some stops during the whale season. Make sure you bring lots...  more »

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