Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline
Photo Credit: Sean Newsome

UPDATE: 9/22/20 - Comfort Stations at Sand Island SRA are currently closed for repairs.

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9/18/20 - All State Coastal & Beach Parks on the island of Hawaii Remain CLOSED Through September 30, 2020. This measure mirrors the Mayor\'s Covid-19 Emergency Rule No. 11.

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9/9/20: Starting Thursday September 10 select State Parks, Beaches and Nā Ala Hele Trails on O‘ahu that were closed in August due to Covid-19 control measures will reopen with the same set of restrictions announced in Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Emergency Order 2020-26.

Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline

UPDATE: 9/10/20 - Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline is OPEN for individual use. Please help us reduce the spread of Covid-19 by practicing social distancing and making responsible decisions. Stay safe and have fun!

 

Hours Daily 7:00am – 6:45pm
Entrance Fee None
Trail Name

Description

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.

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.