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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Honolulu

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Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
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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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  • Nice views of the Pacific while walking. Paved all the way, but can get tiring since it's about 1.5 miles roundtrip. Worth the visit! 
    Nice views of the Pacific while walking. Paved all the way, but can get tiring since it's about 1.5 miles roundtrip. Worth the visit!  more »
  • This was an amazing hike! The trip is challenging, especially with young children who have to walk. But the views are worth it at the top! So far it’s been my favorite views on the island. Note that.....  more
    This was an amazing hike! The trip is challenging, especially with young children who have to walk. But the views are worth it at the top! So far it’s been my favorite views on the island. Note that.....  more »

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