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I know that I’ve posted and written about the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail on the eastern side of Oahu already, but I just had to write again about it and show you all some of the pictures this time around.  The first time we went to the Makapu’u Lighthouse it was kind of miserable out.  The rain and wind were hammering us from the west and we were all soaked by the time we got to the top and the lighthouse was less enjoyable.

This time was a whole lot better.  It was a little hot and the openness of the trail and always heading up hill made it necessary to bring lots of water.
Besides the new (and beautiful) pictures, I wanted to add something new to this post that I didn’t on the last one.  So, here are some interesting facts about the lighthouse, Makapu’u, the trail and history.
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-According to Hawaiian legend, Makapu’u came over to Hawaii from Tahiti and she was a supernatural being who decided to plant herself and reside on the point that now holds her name.
-The word Makapu’u in Hawaiian means “bulging eye”.  The supernatural being evidently had 8 bright eyes and, well, the lighthouse has one, too.
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-Sea Captains originally petitioned the Hawaiian government for the building of the lighthouse because ships were running aground and crashing nearby.
-The lighthouse was automated and went “unmanned” in 1974.  The Coast Guard now monitors and maintains the lighthouse from Honolulu.
This is the eastern part of  Oahu as seen from the Makapuu trail.  That is Koko Head directly center and the opening of Hanauma Bay just left of it.h
This is the eastern part of Oahu as seen from the Makapuu trail. That is Koko Head directly center and the opening of Hanauma Bay just left of it.
-As part of a land-ownership protest, armed Hawaiian citizens took up residence in the dwellings surrounding the lighthouse when the government declared land around it as “surplus” and took it over.  The incident ended without bloodshed.
-The Hawaiian government paid almost $13 million for landownership of a big chunk of land around the Makapu’u Lighthouse which opened the way for the state park, improved parking, established and maintained trail and keep the area free of development.
This is a view from the Northside view of Makapuu Point on Oahu.
This is a view from the Northside view of Makapuu Point on Oahu.

Directions to Makapu’u Lighthouse:

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.

More information from the State of Hawaii.

 

 

 

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