Makapu`u Point, near Waimea, Hawaii, offers picturesque views of Oahu’s breathtaking coast and offshore islets and is home to the historic red-roofed Makapuu Lighthouse. The point is about a 45-minute drive from Waikiki, and a 16-miles from Honolulu, located off the Kalanianaole Highway past Hawaii Kai, Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach Park.
Fun Fact: The Makaupuu Lighthouse made its big-screen debut in Drew Barrymore’s 2004 romantic comedy 50 First Dates.
About Makapu`u Point
The Makapuu Lighthouse Trail takes about 30 minutes to reach the top. The paved two-mile round-trip course has a few switchbacks with beautiful coastal views along the way.
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The heavily trafficked, moderately strenuous hike has a 500-foot elevation. This trek features gorgeous wildflowers and panoramic ocean vistas.
Pro Tip: Experts say the trail can be hot and windy, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
The Makapuu Point Lighthouse, built in 1909 on a 600-foot sea cliff, overlooks Makapuu Beach, one of Oahu’s best bodysurfing beaches and the family-friendly Sea Life Park. Officials closed the Lighthouse to the public. There is no fee to park or hike up to the 420-foot tall Lighthouse. FYI: The facilities have no restrooms on the premises.
Photo Alert: The Lighthouse makes a gorgeous backdrop against the aquamarine sea.
Bring your binoculars! In addition to the stunning scenery of the windward coast, Makapuu Point is a great place to spot whales in the prime months of December to May. Other Makapuu Point highlights include the Makapuu Tide Pools with its own small blowhole and a large sea cave at the base of the sea cliffs below the Lighthouse.
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The Makaupuu Point Light House, automated in 1974, contains one of the world’s largest Fresnel lenses. Today the Light House, owned by the U.S. Coast Guard, is lit by a single 1,000-watt, 120-volt current lamp.
Fun Fact: A black stone with eight protruding eyes once stood at the Makapuu Point cave entrance. The stone was said to physically manifest a supernatural woman called Makapuu or “Bulging Eyes.”