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P.O. Box 621
Honolulu, HI 96809

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Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline



Location: Off Kalaniana'ole Highway (Hwy. 72) from either Waimanalo or Hawai'i Kai.

Hours: April 1 to Labor Day: 7 am to 7:45 pm

After Labor Day to March 31: 7 am to 6:45 pm

Entrance Fee: None

Directions: The park and trailhead are located off of the Kalanianaole Highway (Hwy. 72) at the southeasternmost point of Oahu. From Honolulu, take the H1 freeway east until it becomes Highway 72. Follow the road beyond Hawaii Kai, Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach Park until you reach the park area adjacent to the highway. From the windward side, take the Kalanianaole Highway (Hwy. 72) southeast beyond Kailua, Waimanalo, and Makapu‘u Beach Park, after which the road climbs up toward Makapu‘u Head. The park will be on the left side of the highway.


Trail Name:
Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail

Trail Description: The 2-mile round-trip trail involves an uphill climb to 500-foot elevation under hot, dry, and windy conditions. The surface is, paved, being a former access road to the lighthouse.

Description: A 1-mile hike (one-way) along a paved roadway leads to a lookout atop a headland above the historic Makapuu lighthouse (the lighthouse itself is off-limits, but can be viewed from the trail). At various points along the route there are sweeping views of the southeastern O'ahu coastline, and migrating humpback whales may be visible during whale season. No drinking water or restrooms available.

Services: Trash cans, no drinking water

Special Tips: The trail and lookout within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline provide great whale watching opportunities in season. As many as 10,000 humpbacks come to Hawaii every year to mate, give birth and nurse their calves. Hawaii's humpback whale season runs from November through May, with January through March being the peak whale-watching months.