Makapuu Lighthouse is one of Oahu most familiar landmarks with a view of the Windward side of Oahu, Hawaii. The Makapuu Lighthouse was built in 1909 and automated in 1974. There is a 2-mile paved Makapuu Lighthouse trail leads to the lighthouse and an amazing view of the entire coastline and the island of Molokai.
There are two smaller islands while Hiking the Makapuu Lighthouse trail, that can be clearly seen from this lookout. Manana Island, the largest, and Kaohikaipu Island can be seen while taking a Makapuu Lighthouse hike. The Molokai Channel runs past Makapuu Lighthouse and is an excellent spot to watch see Humpback whales as they travel the channel between December and April. Another way to see Whales in Hawaii is to take an Oahu Whale Watching tour with North Shore Catamaran Charters which is located on the North Shore of Oahu.
If you would like to visit Makapuu lighthouse, follow these directions. From Waikiki take Kalakaua Avenue past the Honolulu Zoo and Kapiolani Park. Then you want turn right onto Diamond Head Road. Follow the signs going East to Kalanianaole Highway. Past Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach Park to Hawaii Kai Golf Course.Past the golf course on the right is a gate which blocks the trail entrance. A great Oahu Activity is to hike this two mile trail.
Facts & Trivia
- Lighthouse on Oahu’s southeastern tip
- Stands on tall sea cliffs and overlooks windward coast
- Popular hiking trail leads here