Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline
Photo Credit: Sean Newsome

UPDATE: 10/28/20 -  [KAUAI] - The Kalalau Trail has been CLOSED due to flash flooding conditions.

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10/26/20 - [OAHU] - Kaena Point State Park remains CLOSED to vehicle access on both sides (Keawaula & Mokuleia). - [MAUI] - Pua'a Ka'a Wayside and Wailua Lookout are OPEN.

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10/13/20 - New Park Fees Are In Effect! - Diamond Head State Monument remains CLOSED until further notice.

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9/30/10 - [HAWAII] - Coastal and beach State Parks are open as of Oct. 1, 2020.  This includes Hapuna Beach SRA, Kekaha Kai SP, Kiholo SPR (gates will be OPEN), and Mackenzie SRA.

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9/24/20 - [OAHU] - Starting Sept. 24th  groups of five people will be allowed in OPEN State Parks, as well as, State Beaches and Trails.  Canopy-type structures are not permitted at this time at State parks, beaches and trails. Diamond Head remains CLOSED.  Starting Sept. 28, Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area will be CLOSED during weekdays for HECO work.

 

Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline

UPDATE: 9/29/20 - Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline is OPEN! Please help 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.