The Makapuu Lighthouse hike is fun, easy and kid-friendly. It offers some amazing views, like most hikes in the islands do, and readily available parking! That’s always a plus, especially in Hawaii. The hike also offers some hidden secrets that I love most about it, like geocaching and tidepools.

Makapuu Tidepools

A set of unique tidepools are accessible on the Makapuu Lighthouse hike. The tidepools venture off the paved path heading down towards the ocean. They are a hot spot attraction for young teenagers and adults alike. However, the tidepools can pose a serious danger risk to those who are unaware of the surf conditions in the area. Rogue waves have killed people there before, and have taken the lives of many experienced, fit hikers and surfers. The tidepools are about a half mile down the mountain and half a mile back up. The vertical incline can be difficult for most, and loose gravel can make the trek concerning for those who are inexperienced.

Tide pools on a rocky lava shoreline in Hawaii
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Geocaching Galore

I am a casual geocacher, my dad got me into it as a kid. It is a fun activity to do if you’re an avid hiker or adventurer. It adds more to your adventure. If you’re unfamiliar with the activity, it’s essentially like a social media community setup to go “treasure hunting” and find hidden boxes and “geocaches” placed almost everywhere on public property. There are many geocaches on this hike, and if you’re interested in this than get the app! Geocaching is a great activity to do with friends or just on your own. The app makes it easy to locate these geocaches and plan your route accordingly.

Rock bridge

Pedal to the medal isn’t always the best option! Image Copyright CyberCom, Inc.

Beach Access

There is a nearby beach access if you follow an unpaved path branching off the designated hiking trail. The beach has grow in popularity over the years, which is why I won’t disclose the precise location. The beach used to have a plank to jump off into the water, but it was recently removed due to public safety concerns by officials. The beach offers some tidepools and great snorkeling. The beach walking path is pretty apparent from the hiking path, and you’ll probably see people traveling along this path.

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Amazing Views

Yes, it’s obvious that the lighthouse offers amazing views at the top. This is the point of the hike. However, there are amazing views on the backside of the mountain facing towards Koko Head Crater. There’s potential for great drone footage on the backside of the Makapuu Lighthouse hike. This side of the mountain does not get as much wind as the makai side (ocean facing.) These conditions make it prime “flying” weather for drones, as drones are sensitive to gusty winds. If you are a fan of photography or aerial footage, this would be a great place for you. You could get an amazing panoramic shot including both the ocean and the mountains and the sunset – all in one! I highly recommend taking your camera up here, you won’t regret it!

The end of the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike

You get to see the big blue Pacific Ocean at the end of the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike! Copyright CyberCom, Inc.