Makapuu Point Lighthouse, Oahu
Name: Makapuu Point Lighthouse
What: A moderately easy hike to a scenic viewpoint
Where: Eastern most point of Oahu overlooking the Windward Coast
More Info: Parking lot, no toilet facilities
On the easternmost point of Oahu sits the Makapuu Point Lighthouse, a shining beacon built in 1909 on a 180-metre sea cliff overlooking Makapuu Beach — a stretch of sand known as one of Oahu’s best bodysurfing beaches — and family friendly Sea Life Park.
Fifteen minutes past Hanauma Bay and beyond Sandy Beach (another popular local beach) you’ll find the large parking lot that leads to the three-kilometre, paved trail overlooking the lighthouse. This moderately easy hike pays off with breathtaking views of the indigo ocean and Oahu’s eastern, or Windward Coast. You can even see the island of Molokai in the distance. Two other smaller islands, Manana (the larger of the two, also known as Rabbit Island) and Kaohikaipu are also visible just offshore.
The Molokai Channel runs right past the Makapuu Lighthouse so this is also a great place to spot whales using on-site telescopes during whale watching season between December and May.