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Makapuu Point Trail Hike and Halona Blowhole

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  • Roundtrip transportation to site- self guided hike
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The Makapu‘u Point trail, within Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline, offers outstanding views of O‘ahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the end of the trail at Makapu‘u Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909 - which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below.

The spectacular Makapu’u Lighthouse is more than 100 years old, and houses a historic “hyper-radiant” (super-sized) lens. On a clear day, you may even see Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds like the ‘iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird. This trail is an excellent place to view migrating humpback whales in season (November-May). Binoculars are suggested for viewing the whales and seabirds. An interpretive sign and viewing scope along the trail help you view and identify the whales seen from this location.


On our way to Makapu`u Lighthouse we will stop at one of Hawai’i’s most popular attractions: the Halona Blowhole. Here we will make a 15 minute stop so that you will be able to take pictures of this spectacular natural phenomenon.

When wind and tide conditions are just perfect, the Halona Blowhole is known to spray water up to 20 feet in the air! Both the blowhole and summit are incredible vantage points to spot Hawaii's annual winter visitors, the Humpback whales.

While on this side of the island, you should also try to visit Hanauma Bay, Makapu'u Point Lighthouse, Koko Head Botanical Garden, and Sandy Beach.


Wear sneakers and comfortable clothes, bring a hat and sunscreen, and drink lots of water. Don't forget your camera and bring your binoculars along if you have them!

Trail Length: 2.0 mi. (round trip)

Activity: Pedestrian

Difficulty: Moderate

Terrain: Hot, dry slopes

Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Park Name: Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline


Reservations are required. Pick-up locations are available from various Waikiki hotels. 

  • If you do the Hanauma Bay combo, please remember that the $7.50 entrance fee is not included.
Special Feature:
Makapu'u Point ShuttleAdult13+
Various daily pickup times- Click "Book It" button to see live availability calendar & pickup locations.
Makapu'u Point ShuttleChild12 & under
Water Lovers Package- With Hanauma Bay ComboAdult13+
Water Lovers Package- With Hanauma Bay ComboChild12 & under
Triple Play Package- With Hanauma Bay & Diamond Head ComboAdult13+
Triple Play Package- With Hanauma Bay & Diamond Head ComboChild12 & under
Frequently Asked Questions
Choose the tour you are interested in, click the red “Book It” button adjacent to the tour information, and complete the booking form.
While we can usually accommodate most last-minute bookings, we highly encourage those that are checking out our website far in advance to book 2-3 weeks prior to desired date. You never know if there's a convention, special event, or a increase in overall visitors in town, and it would be a shame if the activities that you want to do are sold out because you waited until the last minute. Basically, if you know you want to do it, just book it!
Most companies have a set of centrally located hotels that they do pick ups from. This makes the pickup process short so you can start the tour as soon as possible!
For the Makapu'u Lighthouse trip, wear comfortable clothing suitable for hiking and closed-toed shoes.
Yes, definitely, it's a dry hike to a lighthouse overlooking the East Oahu coast.
Yes, but water is provided for you.
Gratuity is never required but if you enjoyed your experience, a tip is always greatly appreciated!
Availability here changes constantly. We can tell you something is available and then 5 minutes later someone else books and its not available anymore. If you make a booking and your activity is not available, then you will not be charged. No hassles, no worries!
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy: Standard Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before Date & Time will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
Terms & Conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant women. Participants must be physically fit
2 reviews, 0 comments
Was the tour accurately described on the webiste? In other words did it meet your expectations?
(4.5 of 5)
We enjoyed the tour today very much. Diamond Head was quite a hike, but amazing. So was Makapuu. Hanauma Bay was a little too crowded for my taste. But everything worked really fine and on time.
I had really fun doing the Makapu'u Hike with Kaimana Tours. I had a great view and I saw many interesting things for example, I saw a whale while I was hiking.After I finished the hike the driver took me to Hanauma Bay because I requested to take the combo and I saw many wonderful things there(I would reccomend you to rent a dry snorkel).