Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline
Photo Credit: Sean Newsome

Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline

5/21/20 - Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline is OPEN for day beach and hiking use, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. Lookouts are CLOSED. Day Use Facilities remain CLOSED. Access gates will be OPEN for parking access on WEEKENDS ONLY. Gates will be locked at 6:45 pm.
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Restrictions for outdoor recreation include the following:

HIKING: No group of more than two persons is allowed to hike on state trails, unless all hikers in th egroup are part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address. All persons not part of a single residential or familiy unit shall maintain a distance of at least 20 feet from any other hiker.
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BEACHES: All groups are limited to a single residential or family unit sharing the same address, and no family group shall exceed 10 persons. All persons not part of a single residential or familiy unit shall maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from any other beach user.
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HOURS: All park areas are open for day-use only, all overnight uses, including camping, are prohibited. Please heed the posted park hours, which may be more restrictive than normal park hours.

 

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