Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
490.00 ft (149.35 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
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This short and very popular hike follows a paved asphalt pathway to views of the Makapu'u Lighthouse and other sights above the normal lookout point. The Pacific Ocean stretches out in most directions from these lookout points, and you get to see very different parts of the island from this hike. The Koko Head Crater is to the west near the start of the trail, and there are views down the windward side near the end of the hike. Views of Molokai, Lanai, and Maui can be seen across the Ka'iwi Channel on clear days. You can watch the crashing surf on the cliffs below, while sea birds and paragliders soar overhead.

The hike is not very long, but you do have a bit of elevation gain in the meantime. The path is paved, which is helpful for the less-than-surefooted. This hike is fantastic for watching humpback whales pass by from October to March. The lighthouse is quite impressive as well: The 46-foot structure was built in 1909, and it was not automated until 1974. When built, it had the largest and brightest lens of any lighthouse in the U.S., and it is considered of great importance even today.

There is not much shade out here, so be prepared for sun exposure. Hopefully the ocean breeze is blowing. This is one of the driest spots on the island even though it's on the windward side, an anomaly due to the mountain geography. There is a large parking lot, but overflow onto the main road is common. Dogs are allowed on a leash.

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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Great views. Paved. Dogs allowed. Nice lighthouse.

Cons

Exposed hike.

Trailhead Elevation

160.00 ft (48.77 m)

Features

Historically significant
Lighthouse
Whale watching
Wildlife
Big vistas

Suitable for

Biking

Location

Comments

05/28/2011
Fabulous views from this lighthouse.
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