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).
Lazy Saturday, means lazy hiking day. And in Hawaii, it doesn’t get any lazier than the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. It’s paved all the way up to the lookout. However, there are a couple of exciting variations to Makapuu. The last time that Exploration: Hawaii was up there, we had the very unique and rare opportunity to visit the inside of the lighthouse, and then took a backside route to Pele’s Chair. It was spectacular, and we even unleashed the Animal Heads Super Team to the world.
Pele’s Chair is a popular spot for locals. It’s located just next to Alan Davis, a spot made famous for its jumping pole. Both Alan Davis and Pele’s Chair are typically accessed via a side trail located near the parking lot. Follow the faint trail and you’ll reach Alan Davis. Keep walking and you’ll eventually see the unmistakeable rock structure known affectionately as a Pele’s Chair.
The closest that most people get to the Makapuu Lighthouse is a distant view from the nearby Makapuu Lighthouse Lookout at the end of the paved trail. A few risk takers find ways to bypass the locked gates to get a close-up view of the old lighthouse. Only a handful of people have access to the inside of Makapuu Lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper and the maintenance crew are a part of that handful. Exploration: Hawaii was granted an opportunity to visit the lighthouse, go inside of it, and get up-close-and-personal with the bulbs that light it.
Strange things tend to happen during the ghoulish month of October. For example, the birth of Animal Heads Super Team. What happens when you get a squirrel, panda, giraffe, and unicorn together for a mini road trip? You get a magical trek through the back roads of Oahu. Of course, misadventure and hilarity ensued. Please enjoy this utterly strange drive from Makapuu to Waialua. The unicorn would insist that you did.
Note: [REMOVED] is a closed trail and is not open to the public. As our disclaimer partially reads: “I’m not your daddy, these are dangerous as sh*t hikes, even the simple ones, if you got [insert applicable disorder, disease, or physical impairments] don’t even think about it yo.” Also, consider these tips on Hiking Safely In Hawaii. Because of this, many of the photos from this post have been removed. Mahalo.
On a recent trip to New York, I had the chance to stop by the Impossible Project Space New York City, to check out their stock of vintage Polaroid cameras. I ended up leaving the shop with a refurbished Polaroid Cool Cam, circa 1988. I was seven when this camera was released. Essentially, the Cool Cam is a rebranded model of Polaroid’s Sun 600 line of cameras (originally released in 1983; I was just two then). I had originally wanted to pick up a rainbow striped OneStep SX-70 Land Camera. However, I found the striking red hardware on the Cool Cam very attractive. It’s like Polaroid had the foresight to do a (Product)RED product before (Product)RED was even a thing. Nonetheless, I had left New York City with a 25-year-old camera, one pack of color film, one pack of black and white film, and a vintage Polaroid carrying bag. I was ready to shoot Hawaii, with Impossible film.
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?