This spot has breathtaking views of the ocean, mountains, and the windward Islands. The point of land jutting out in the distance is Mokapu Peninsula, site of a U.S. Marine base. The spired mountain peak is Mt. Olomana. On the long pier is part of the Makai Undersea Test Range, a research facility that's closed to the public. Offshore is Manana Island (Rabbit Island), a picturesque cay said to resemble a swimming bunny with its ears pulled back.
Ironically enough, Manana Island was once overrun with rabbits, thanks to a rancher who let a few hares run wild on the land. They were eradicated in 1994 by biologists who grew concerned that the rabbits were destroying the island's native plants.
Nestled in the cliff face is the Makapuu Lighthouse, which became operational in 1909 and has the largest lighthouse lens in America. The lighthouse is closed to the public, but near the Makapuu Point turnout you can find the start of a mile-long paved road (closed to vehicular traffic). Hike up to the top of the 647-foot bluff for a closer view of the lighthouse and, in winter, a great whale-watching vantage point. For the more adventurous, at the whale-watching sign on the main path, head down a switchback trail to the Makapuu tidepools below.
Jan 20, 2004
The lighthouse trail directly behind Makapu point is my favorite trail on Oahu. It leads to a vista just above Makapu point. You have views that sweep the windward coast. This gives you sheer peeks meeting the ocean. Don't know a more spectacular sight on Oahu and I have been going for about 11 years. The lookout point at Makapu point if you are not a hiker is also impressive. You still get some of the coastal views. This is a gorgeous stop off point
on you coastal drive. Get out, walk a bit beyond the guardrail up on the hill for exceptional views and photos. An absolute must see!