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A Sunrise Hike to the Makapu’u Lighthouse Lookout

The Makapu’u Lighthouse trail offers some of the most breathtaking views that the island of Oahu has to offer. Located on the southern most part of the island, Makapu’u is home to the Makapu’u Lighthouse which was established in 1909. The paved trail is perfect for those looking for a quick not-to-strenuous hike and is especially well-suited for those with children. Having hiked Makapu’u multiple times in the past, I was looked to experience it in a different way. And what better way to enjoy Makapu’u than at sunrise?

Once at the top, I took a few moments to setup my tripod and GoPro. Once I had everything positioned, we both just sat there, talked story, ate our breakfast, and waited for the sun to rise. Eventually the sun did rise and it was awe-inspiring. Everything about this moment was beautiful [1]. I soaked it all in.

A panorama stitched on the fly using my iPhone 4 of the sunrising over Makapu’u.
The one thing you can always expect when watching the sunrise is pretty colors. Shot on an iPhone 4.
To the left you can see the light house. To the right, you can see the sun starting to rise. Shot on an iPhone 4.

1. The experience was only slightly ruined when 1. a man and his daughter came up to the lookout point blasting a portable radio just as the sun was rising, 2. a flock of tourists appeared and started yelling for no reason. To get away from these annoyances, I left my camera and tripod in place and climbed a large boulder far enough from these people and enjoyed the sunrise from there.

By Coty

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7 replies on “A Sunrise Hike to the Makapu’u Lighthouse Lookout”

Great video! Just got back from Oahu last week. I did this hike, but it never crossed my mind to do it for a sunrise. Definitely will be doing that the next time I visit.

Hey Chris, I’m glad that you enjoyed the video! Yes, if you make it back then you must do Makapu’u at sunrise…it’s awesome. During February/March you’ll also get to see tons of whales. Another great place to visit for a sunrise hike would be Lanikai. It’s beautiful. I’ve also done a timelapse of that too that you might want to check out!

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