Makapu'u Point Lighthouse

Waimanalo, Hawaii - 1909 (1909**)

Photo of the Makapu

History of the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse

This lighthouse is relatively short at a mere 46 feet. It plays an important role in mariner navigation. It guides ships into Honolulu coming from the Western United States. It still retains its original lens, which is not a Fresnel lens, but a different type of lens called a Hyper-Radiant. It is so bright that its 115,000 candlepower lamp can be spotted 28 miles out to sea.

Directions: The lighthouse sits on the island of Ohau. From Interstate H1 heading south, follow Kalanianaole Highway (SR72) east past Hanauma Bay State Park and Sandy Beach Park. You will be looking for Hawaii Kai Golf Course. About 1/2 mile past the golf course on the right is a gate blocking the trail entrance. You will have to hike the rest of the way to the lighthouse viewing point.

Useful Information from website:

  • This is a moderate 2-mile hike that is paved but is quite steep in spots
  • There is no shade or restroom facilities along this trail
  • Start before noon due to the heat, bring plenty of water, and wear sunscreen
  • Parking is along the street - no cars allowed on the trail
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Tower Information
Tower Height: 46.00'
Focal Plane: 420'
Active Aid to Navigation: Yes
*Latitude: 21.31000 N
*Longitude: -157.65000 W
See this lighthouse on Google Maps.


* Please note that all GPS coordinates are approximated and are meant to put you in the vicinity of the lighthouse, not for navigation purposes.

** This year denotes a station date. This is the year that a lighthouse was first reported in the vicinity or at that location.

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