I recently took my son on his first hike. For him, I chose the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail for the magnificent views of Oahu’s windward coast. It’s also paved, which made it easy for me, him, and his stroller (when he needed it).
This state maintained trail provides sweeping views of east Oahu, with views of Koko Head, Koko Crater, as well as the many offshore islets on the windward coast. This is also a prime spot to see Hawaiian seabirds, like the ‘iwa bird, and even humpback whales (during the winter months).
The trail is 2-miles roundtrip, with a moderate 500 ft. elevation gain. It’s hot out there, so, if bringing your toddler, we would recommend some kid friendly sunscreen, hydration, snacks, and a hat.
I should also mention…he loved it. Next hike? We’ll see.
Directions: “The park and trailhead are located off of the Kalanianaole Highway (Hwy. 72) at the southeastern-most point of Oahu. From Honolulu, take the H1 freeway east until it becomes Highway 72. Follow the road beyond Hawaii Kai, Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach Park until you reach the park area adjacent to the highway. From the windward side, take the Kalanianaole Highway (Hwy. 72) southeast beyond Kailua, Waimanalo, and Makapu‘u Beach Park, after which the road climbs up toward Makapu‘u Head. The park will be on the left side of the highway.”
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