The Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail is a 2 mile paved path that gradually - but continuously - ascends Makapu'u Head and finishes above the lighthouse which was built in 1909. Sweeping views of the Kaiwi and Windward coastlines, the Koolau Mountain Range, and the Kaiwi Channel make this an excellent hike. From November to May, hikers may also be treated to views of breaching Humpback Whales which migrate during this period of time. An interesting tid bit about the Makapu'u Lighthouse is that it Has the dual distinction of having the largest lens of any lighthouse in US service, while also - I believe - being the only lighthouse to serve as an officially sanctioned hiding place for federal witnesses when it was used as such during the tax fraud case of Wilford "Nappy" Pulawa - the former head of organized crime in Hawaii.
General Info & Disclaimer: Always hike at your own risk. Bring plenty of water as the weather on Oahu can change rapidly from cool and overcast to a virtual sauna. Hats, sunglasses, and environmentally safe sunscreen are always wise decisions, as is appropriate rain gear. Never hike alone and let others know of your plans. If you have any doubt about your ability to safely complete any hikes mentioned on this blog, DON'T DO THEM. Hiking is an inherently risky activity and Roots & Branches, LLC assumes no liability of any kind. Mahalo!