Thursday, May 29, 2014

Makapu'u Point { Lighthouse } Trail

On our previous "extended vacation" to Oahu, Hubs and I went on a little 4-day getaway to the Windward side of the island. While we were there, we took a hike on the Makapu'u Point Trail.  The stunning vistas were breathtaking!
All photos © Journeys With Juju (jlb) 2010
The trail is paved and is about a 2-mile round trip from the parking area/ trailhead. It is located in the Kaiwi State Senic Shoreline, and you can find directions HERE for when you visit.
It is suggested that you allow plenty of time to enjoy the beauty and scenic vistas; we were there for about 2 hours, which gave us ample photography time as well as for rest & water breaks.
All photos © Journeys With Juju (jlb) 2010

Now, as you can tell by my photos of the cactus above, this is a dry area, so we both took water with us, (and then discovered that there are no restrooms on the trail). We wore our sunscreen, but I would also suggest wearing a hat, since there is no shade, and the sun beats down on the exposed trail.  Everyone is asked to please pack out all trash...nope, there are no trash cans, either.
All photos © Journeys With Juju (jlb) 2010

We were well rewarded with gorgeous, sweeping views of the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. Sometimes, from about November until May, you can even spot Humpback Whales!  Check out my photos in the first collage ñ. Those offshore islets {rock islands} of Mānana (Rabbit Island), and Kāohikaipu are wildlife seabird sanctuaries.  In the distance we could see the smaller islands of Moloka'i and Lana'i, and since it was a clear day, we could see Maui!

Unfortunately, the historic 1909 red-roofed lighthouse is closed to the public. We got a really good look at from the trail, so I took lots of photos!  It's so charming, and takes you back to an earlier time.

Are you making your "Hawaii Bucket List" yet?  Be sure to add the Makapu'u Point { Lighthouse } Trail, and I'm sure you won't be sorry!

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