"The Makapu‘u Point trail, within Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline, offers outstanding views of O‘ahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater."


This is a self-guided tour!

From the end of the trail at Makapu‘u Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909 - which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below.

The spectacular Makapu’u Lighthouse is more than 100 years old, and houses a historic “hyper-radiant” (super-sized) lens. On a clear day, you may even see Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds like the ‘iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird. This trail is an excellent place to view migrating humpback whales in season (November-May). Binoculars are suggested for viewing the whales and seabirds. An interpretive sign and viewing scope along the trail help you view and identify the whales seen from this location.


On our way to Makapu`u Lighthouse we will stop at one of Hawai’i’s most popular attractions: the Halona Blowhole. Here we will make a 15 minute stop so that you will be able to take pictures of this spectacular natural phenomenon.

When wind and tide conditions are just perfect, the Halona Blowhole is known to spray water up to 20 feet in the air! Both the blowhole and summit are incredible vantage points to spot Hawaii's annual winter visitors, the Humpback whales.

While on this side of the island, you should also try to visit Hanauma Bay, Makapu'u Point Lighthouse, Koko Head Botanical Garden, and Sandy Beach.


Wear sneakers and comfortable clothes, bring a hat and sunscreen, and drink lots of water. Don't forget your camera and bring your binoculars along if you have them!

Trail Length: 2.0 mi. (round trip)

Activity: Pedestrian

Difficulty: Moderate

Terrain: Hot, dry slopes

Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Park Name: Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline


Not recommended for pregnant women

Participants must be physically fit



Great Hike

By Nick   Verified Reviewer from Califonia on 1/3/2013

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had really fun doing the Makapu'u Hike with Kaimana Tours. I had a great view and I saw many interesting things for example, I saw a whale while I was hiking.After I finished the hike the driver took me to Hanauma Bay because I requested to take the combo and I saw many wonderful things there(I would reccomend you to rent a dry snorkel).