Makapuu Lighthouse Trail | Best Family Hikes Oahu

Popular for Good Reason

What? You’ve hiked up to the Makapuu lighthouse before? Maybe glimpsed humpback whales spouting and breaching as you huffed your way to the summit? Took in views of Waimanalo and Rabbit Island glimmering in a deep sea of blue? Well, go again because it’s new and improved just for you.

About the Hike

This dramatically beautiful corner of the island (known as the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline) has been undergoing improvements for years and last month saw the final push. The trail is smooth with lots of cozy benches and lookouts along the way. There are informational signs and even spotting scopes to spy on seabirds and whales if you forget your binoculars. It’s one of the best family hikes on Oahu. Where else can you push a stroller while whale watching? Of course, the downside of being a great hike is that it’s popular. Parking can be impossible on weekends, spilling out onto Kalanianaole Highway. Go early or on weekdays to avoid the crowds.

Makapuu lighthouse trail oahuMakapuu trail hike and viewThey also widened the trail down to Alan Davis beach making it a super easy hike (view from the Makapuu trail above). Of course one of the beach’s standout features is solitude so I hope it doesn’t get too crowded.

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Get out there and enjoy the new and improved Makapuu Trail!

Want More Ideas for Oahu Family Fun?

Looking for an alternative to the lighthouse trail? Hike the easy loop in nearby Koko Crater and enjoy a tour of plants from around the world. Don’t forget to sign up for the Little Bird Post below to receive monthly updates on all the good stuff Oahu has to offer.

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