The Makapu'u lighthouse trail has absolutely stunning views and was another adventure Brando and I decided to take to delve deeper into the island, instead of covering as much as we could like did last time.
Though it is generally reviewed as an easy hike,
I would beg to differ. The paved road with the black asphalt makes it incredibly hot
and the steady incline makes the calves burn like h-e-l-l on the way back down. On the way up, once you round this corner it's not so bad.
If you prefer hard packed cement that is unforgiving to the knees and calves, by all means this is the hike for you. If you prefer a true hike then definitely find another one to do AS WELL as this one, because the views on the way up
and the breathtaking views
once you get to the lighthouse are totally worth it and yielded one of my absolute favorite pictures this trip!
On the other sides, the views stretch far up the eastern coast at one angle,
and to islands off the coast at another angle.
Before you reach the lighthouse - about halfway up the trail, make sure to stop at the whale watching station. Yes, you actually get to see whales on this hike - AMAZING - this is why hiking in Hawaii is incredibley worth it. At the whale watching station this is your opportunity to have a regular hike and a paved road hike in one -- hike down the mountain to the tidepools
and three incredible blowholes below.
That part IS a well kept secret and we definitely experienced it,
so email me if you'll be visiting Oahu soon
and would like to know more details!