In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Enjoy scenic views of Oahu at Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail

The perfect place to catch a sunrise!

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Looking for a great way to seize the day? Hawaii is full of beautiful sights, and a hike is one of the best ways to fully take in what the islands have to offer! HI Now hosts Kanoe Gibson and Kainoa Carlson are on the east side of Oahu starting their day with a beautiful sunrise trek up the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail.

The two mile trail offers sweeping views of Oahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. It was originally built in 1909 as an access road to the historic Makapu’u Lighthouse. While the lighthouse is still in full operation, it’s off limits to the public. Since then, the trail has become a recreation area as part of the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline Park, offering plenty of sightseeing and educational opportunities along the way.

From Makapu’u Head, you’ll be greeted with views of the windward coast and offshore islets in the distance. You may be surprised to learn that those are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds. And on a clear day, you may even catch a glimpse of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai while walking the trail! During humpback whale season, the trail is a great place to view their migration. The season starts in November and lasts through May, so you have plenty of time to make the trek!

The east side of Oahu tends to be hot and dry, so prepare accordingly! The summit can also get very windy. Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water during your hike. The Department of Land and Natural Resources recommends giving yourself about two hours to enjoy the hike and its wonderful views.

The park and trailhead are located off of the Kalanianaole Highway (Hwy. 72) at the southeastern-most point of Oahu. Remember to stay on the trail, pack out what you pack in, and have fun!