Saturday, March 19, 2011

Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail


The start of the path to Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail begins at the end of the free parking lot and transverses for about 1 mile to the peak. Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail is great for parents with babies and toddlers because the entire trail is paved. We brought our Trendsport Lite Stroller and it was perfect for this trail.

Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail is also easy to find. Just take H1 east from Waikiki until it turns into Highway 72. Once you pass Hawaii Kai, Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach Park you will see the parking lot signs for Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail.

You and the family can decide between going up to the peak with the smooth trail, or choosing one of the natural paths to the the tidal pools seen in the photo above. 

The stroller is not an option on the natural paths, but it looked like a short distance should you choose to carry your little one unless they are big enough to hoof it themselves. If you have the time, why not try both? I definately recommend the Chicco Smart Support Backpack, Red Its a backsaver and even supplies some shade for your baby.

Further up the Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail, your family will have plenty of scenic photo ops and even the possibility of Humpback Whale sightings during their migration.  Make sure to bring a pair of binoculars, sunscreen, and water.

Your children will have fun climbing on all the rocks surrounding breathtaking views. Parents make sure your cameras are charged and ready to shoot for some once in a lifetime pictures.

The view at the peak of Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail will make your family feel blessed.

Last stop on the trail ends with a view of Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse. Built in 1909, Makapu‘u Lighthouse makes for an amazing picture with the deep blue Pacific as a backdrop. Unfortunately, this is close as you can get as the light house is off limits to visitors.

Make sure your little ones have their afternoon nap as well.  We learned this lesson the hard way when our daughter got cranky towards the end. Lucky for us the trail was all down hill on the way back.

We highly recommend your family adds the Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail to your list of activities while in Oahu. If you have any questions about Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail, let us know in the comment section below. Mahalo and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Great write up of the hike. More info and photos on this hike can be found at, where we'd love your review too: