Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline
oahu islands

ROADWORK TO IMPACT ENTRY TO DIAMOND HEAD STATE MONUMENT

Park to Remain Open Normal Hours During Work - but be prepared for delays and detours.

 

This week (10/8 – 12/18) and next week (10/15 – 19/18) the City and County of Honolulu will be repaving Diamond Head Road between Makapuu Ave. and 18th Ave.  Hours of work are between 8:30am and 3:30pm, Monday – Friday.

 

The week of October 8 – 12, the repaving will be between Makapuu Ave and the Kapiolani Community College Chapel.  Traffic is being contra-flowed.  However, drivers to Diamond Head State Monument may want to use alternative routes via 18th Ave., and Diamond Head Road makai route.

 

The week of October 15 – 19, the repaving will be between the Kapiolani Community College Chapel and 18th Ave. This work will directly impact vehicle access to the Diamond Head State Monument entry road.  Traffic is being contra-flowed, but be prepared for delays and detours.

Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline

RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A FIRST DAY HIKE AT KAIWI’S MAKAPU‘U LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL.
Gates will open at 5:30 a.m. for this annual event. Sunrise is at 7:09.

 

Hours

April 1 to Labor Day:
7 am to 7:45 pm

After Labor Day to March 31:
7 am to 6:45 pm

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.