Makapuʻu Lighthouse: Taking the paved path

If youʻre looking for a nice starter trail – Makapuʻu Lighthouse is perfect. It’s a well-maintained hike that is paved basically the entire way, so it’s a great trail to go on rain or shine. Plus points: this hike is great for the little hikers.

Meet Bryce. He’s a novice on his first hike.

Be sure to get there nice and early unless you want to compete for parking as it shares the starting point for both the Makapuʻu Lighthouse Trail and the Kaʻiwi Shoreline Trail/Pele’s Chair. Follow the paved path to get to the top and enjoy going on some of the offshoots for some Instagrammable spots.

Overall, this was a great day to go hiking despite the fact that it was very windy and overcast. Bryce was a real trooper and had a ton of fun running along the path and looking at the ocean. I’d definitely recommend this hike for anyone of any age – as always, be prepared no matter how easy the hike may seem. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Trail Tidbits

Length: 3.3 Miles, Out and Back

Total Time: 1-2 hours round trip (depending on pace)

Suitability: Kids, Dogs on Leashes


• Wear comfy shoes

• Bring a rain jacket/windbreaker

• December – May is whale watching season. Check online to see if whales are in the area for an opportunity to spot a whale!


Get on H-1 East and take a right on Makapuu Lighthouse Road. Find parking in the provided stalls, or along the road leading to the parking lot. Be mindful when parking being that this is a popular hike. I’ve gone on this hike several times to find inconsiderate people that double park or don’t pull up close to the car in front of them when parking on the gravel. Follow the paved path until you reach the top.


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