My husband has been out of commission since I got here because of an old knee injury causing pain again. Therefore, we have been limited to the number of hikes we can do together. One that we did a few weeks ago is the trail at Makapu’u Lighthouse. From Waikiki, where most tourists stay, it is about a 35 minute drive.
This hike is very well maintained. I do not even want to categorize it as a hike, it’s more like a walk. It is a little over a mile one way and it is all uphill, but it is completely paved, which makes it a much easier mile than other hikes I have done that were rocky and muddy.
This is a great hike for those who are not fond of getting dirty. Also, all ages can do this hike, just make sure you bring water because it is hot! This part of the island is very dry and you will see cacti during this hike. I definitely did not think I would see those growing here in Hawaii!
This hike curves along a hillside. In the beginning, you can see views of Alan Davis Beach and the Kaiwi Shoreline Trail. After you turn to the front of the hillside, you get amazing views of the Pacific Ocean the entire way to the top, where you can up the eastern coast of the island. On the eastern coast, you will see Kaohikaipu Island State Seabird Sanctuary (a small island), Sea Life Park, and Waimanalo Beach. If it is a clear day, like when we went, you can see the entire way up to the Marine Corps base at Kaneohe Bay.
While over a mile uphill in the sun might not sound like an easy walk, the views are worth it. And remember, the way back is all downhill. 🙂