Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail

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
are amazing
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!


Alicia said...

Beautiful!!! What a fantastic trip!

linda said...

i hope there's more hawaii entries and we're not drawing to the end of your series. i'm really loving the photos!

ashley-cita said...

Goodness! These are gorgeous photos. Wow.

I thought I was following your blog before, but I guess not? No worries, I fixed it!

Optimista said...

Fantastic photos! This looks simply stunning. I need to get back to Hawaii soon!

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

I'm lucky enough to have been there, and all I can say is I LOVE YOUR PHOTOS! They're so beautiful. I think I hear Hawaii calling my name...

pinksundrops said...

Alicia - It WAS fabulous! PS I'm so excited about your latest post - I adore art history and can't wait until I have a second to read your post about it!

Linda - Oh there's definitely more! I'm so excited you are loving them : ) . Right now I just posted a cover of the weekend I would have if I was staying in town - I can hardly stand to leave Austin for a weekend there is so many fabulous events going on all the time!

Ashley - Thanks! Yay so glad you fixed it! Bloglines does that sometimes to some of my blogs sometimes or the links break for some reason or another.

Optimista - Yes you do! It is stunning and even more breathtaking in person.

Chelsea - Glad you love the photos! I definitely hear Hawaii calling your name ; ) .

star said...

Is that the Halona Blowhole? We went to the Halona Blowhole, I can't tell if it's the same place though. All you pictures are amazing, I'm super bummed, because we didn't take a whole lot of pictures, and a lot of the ones we took aren't nearly as great as yours! Next time we go, I'm taking a better camera and lots of memory cards!


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