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Kaiwi Scenic Shoreline



A 1-mile hike (one-way) along a paved roadway leads to a lookout atop a headland above the historic Makapuʻu lighthouse (the lighthouse itself is off-limits, but can be viewed from the trail). At various points along the route there are sweeping views of the southeastern O’ahu coastline, and migrating humpback whales may be visible during whale season. No drinking water or restrooms are available.

Allowed Activities
Wildlife Watching
Good For
Rules & Regulation
Dogs On Leash
No Motorized Wheeled Vehicles

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

Dogs on leash.


  • Falling Rocks
  • Hazardous Cliff
  • Strong Current
  • Waves Break on Ledge

Available Amenities

  • No Drinking Water
  • Scenic Viewpoint


  • No Motorized Vehicles/ATV's
  • No Alcoholic Beverages
  • No Rock Climbing
  • No Smoking

Whale Watching

The trail and lookout within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline provide great whale watching opportunities in season. As many as 10,000 humpbacks come to Hawaii every year to mate, give birth and nurse their calves. Hawaii’s humpback whale season runs from November through May, with January through March being the peak whale-watching months.

Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail

The 2-mile round-trip trail involves an uphill climb to 500-foot elevation under hot, dry, and windy conditions. The surface is paved and is a former access road to the lighthouse. For more information on the Lighthouse Trail click here.


Daily 7:00am – 6:45pm

Entrance Fee