Makapuu Lookout Trail is one of the easier hikes (it’s paved) on Oahu, although any hike can be taxing under the hot Hawaiian sun. Bring cold water and a towel to wipe your brow. It’s most certainly worth the effort, as it is the most scenic when it comes to seeing the ocean expanse around you. In the spring you’ll see humpback whales spouting near the coast, but even in their off-season there is much to enjoy through your lens. There is a decommissioned lighthouse near the peak, along with abandoned pillbox installations left over from WWII. But the gem is what unfolds before you once you reach the top, where you’ll find a view of the most jaw dropping beach on Oahu – Makapu’u Beach. You’ll also see Rabbit Island, and if the wind is right you can watch in amazement as daredevil hang-gliders zip along the mountain-edge as if to pollinate the coastline with each daring pass. This is truly an incredible place.
- Free parking (lot)
- Sea Life Park (2-minutes away)
- Restrooms (at Makapu’u Beach)
One (of many) views on the way up the trail
Looking up at Makapu’u Point (and lighthouse) from the beach below