Trip Planner:   USA  /  Hawaii  /  Oahu  /  Honolulu  /  Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Honolulu

#2 of 93 in Trails in Hawaii
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
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.
Create an itinerary including Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
2,561 reviews
  • We really enjoyed this trail to the lighthouse. Its a nice walk with wonderful views of the ocean since you’re at a higher elevation. There is no shade so be prepared with water, spf, hats, and...  more »
  • This hike is not for the faint of heart. Yes, it’s completely paved and small children can go on it but be prepared. It’s 2 miles round trip and steep at some points. What will get you is the sun.....  more »

Plan your trip to Honolulu

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.