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Easy hike to Makapuu Lighthouse near Waikiki
Posted by Unknown | Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  For an easy walk/hike just a few miles outside of Waikiki, take the family to see the Makapuu Lighthouse.
 From our vacation rentals at the Royal Kuhio, the Royal Moana, the Cabana at Waikiki, and others, it's about a 9 mile drive by car or about 45 minutes on the public bus.  The trail itself is a free activity.

 The park and trailhead are located off of the Kalanianaole Highway (Hwy. 72) beyond Hawaii Kai, Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach Park (the famous boogie boarding beach).  Continue until you reach the park area on the right side adjacent to the highway. There's usually a line of cars parked there so you won't miss it.

 The views are incredible and include Oahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater.  From the trail’s end you are rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909 (the lighthouse itself is off-limits). On a clear day, you may even see Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds, such as the ‘iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird. This trail is also a great place to catch a glimpse of migrating humpback whales from November to May.  Binoculars are best for viewing the whales and seabirds. There's a sign along the trail help you view and identify the whales seen from this location.

  Round trip it's about 2 miles but give yourself about 2 hours to enjoy this hike and it’s wonderful panoramic views.

Just off the parking area, towards the ocean, you will see another dirt trail going towards the coastline, away from the road.  It leads to a wonderfully uncrowded beach with tide pools.  The walk will take almost 30 minutes to get to the water, so it can be rough if you have a lot of gear to carry.  I like it because most people don't want to make the trip so it's really quiet and peaceful.  I took these pictures on a Saturday afternoon.  There were little fish and crabs in the tide pools which were fun to watch.

After a day at this quiet beach and the hike to the lighthouse you will probably have worked up an appetite.  If so, there are many restaurants for you to eat at in Hawaii Kai on the way back to Waikiki.  Read more about them in my upcoming blog entry or check out past suggestions on our facebook page:

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