Makapu'u.  in Oahu, Hawaii


in Oahu, Hawaii

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Makapu'u beach, Oahu - Makapu'u
Makapu'u beach, Oahu - Makapu'u. Photo by Scot Nelson
Makapu’u is in the southeasternmost part of the island of Oahu in Hawaii. It is away from the bustling city life and a relatively very scenic drive compared to the other parts of the island.

Makapu’u is known for its manageable hiking trail towards the Makapu’u Lighthouse. It also has a beach and an aquatic park.

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse

The Makapu’u Point Lighthouse is 14 meter tall and has a 12 foot tall, French Fresnel, hyper-radial lens which makes it the largest ever to be used in the United States. The lighthouse can be seen from various low points in Makapu’u especially from Sea Life Park. Once one sees the lighthouse during the hike, it means he is halfway there. However, one cannot really get into the lighthouse. It is gated but can be seen close-up.

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Makapu'u. Photo by unknown

Makapu’u Point State Wayside

Makapu'u - Makapu'u
Makapu'u - Makapu'u. Photo by Justin Sloan
The Makapu’u hike must be among the easiest throughout Oahu. One literally just walks up to the Makapu’u elevation and towards the lighthouse. There are no challenging slopes, muddy trails, trees, or rocks. It is a conveniently paved road that one can walk or bike to. It is great for regular jogging, or walking the dog.

The trail is about 2.8 kilometers long. One can see the lush trees and meadows on the first phase of the hike and after the curve, the breezy ocean wind and the scenic blue ocean welcomes the hiker. And if they are lucky, they might see humpback whales playing in the wide waters. One may see the islands of Moloka’i and Lanai (Wikipedia Article) or the seabirds in the offshore islets.

Manana Island from Makapu'u Point State Wayside -
Manana Island from Makapu'u Point State Wayside. Photo by im me

Sea Life Park
Sea Life Park

Manana Island

More popularly known as the “Rabbit Island”, Manana Island is a 63-acre offshore tuff cone. It is called so because it appears to be a giant rabbit’s head rising out of the water. Also, a lot of rabbits lived there. Today, however, Rabbit Island is more like a bird island being a protected bird sanctuary.

Sea Life Park

Before or after tourists and locals alike visit take the hiking trail and visit the lighthouse, they drop by the famous aquatic life park called Sea Life Park. It has tanked sharks, turtles, dolphins, penguins, and seals. One can either watch an entertaining animal show or swim along them.

How to Get Here

The Makapuʻu is about 2 kilometers east of Waimanalo beach on Kalanianaole Highway (State Rte. 72) or from the Honolulu side (south shore; Hawaii Kai) travelling east along the same highway beyond Sandy Beach. The Makapu’u State Wayside Park, a 38-acre (15 ha) roadside park, is about midway up the draw on the right-hand side coming from Hawaii Kai.

Beaches at North-Eastern Oahu Shore, Makapu'u
	Beach Park, Hawaii - Makapu'u
Beaches at North-Eastern Oahu Shore, Makapu'u Beach Park, Hawaii. Photo by Pet_r

Similar Attractions

Oahu is very popular for its scenic hiking trails and points. Among the other famous hikes in Hawaii are Diamond Head, Koko Head; Laie Falls and Trail, Crouching Lion Hike; Hauula Hike, and Waimea Valley. Makapu’u has the picturesque lookout which Nu’uanu Pali has too, as well as Laie Point, Waipio Valley lookout; Koke’e State Park, Kalalau Lookout; Lanai Lookout, Halona Blow Hole; Mauna Kea, Waimea Canyon; Kalaupapa, and almost every town in Hawaii.

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Author: kimn. Last updated: Mar 04, 2015

Pictures of Makapu'u

Makapu'u Point Lighthouse - Makapu'u
Makapu'u Point Lighthouse - Photo by LaniElderts

Makapu'u from Bath House - Makapu'u
Makapu'u from Bath House - Photo by Paul Vladuchick

Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail - Makapu'u
Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail - Photo by Cheikh.Ra Films

Makapu'u - Makapu'u
Makapu'u - Photo by billjon

Makapu'u Beach - Makapu'u
Makapu'u Beach - Photo by Paul Vladuchick

Makapu'u Point - Makapu'u
Makapu'u Point - Photo by Naoko Takano


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