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Makapuu Beach

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View of secluded Makapuu Beach, Oahu

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Makapu置 Beach is 3 miles north of Sandy Beach on Kulanianaole Hwy, around Makapu置 Point, the most eastern tip of Oahu. Makapu置 Point State Wayside Park is a 38-acre roadside park. It has an uncrowded, white sand beach nestled against the cliffs, below the Makapu'u Lighthouse, at the south eastern tip of the Ko'olau Mountain Range.

Makapuu Beach is a popular body surfing spot. The Waikiki Surf Club held its first body surfing contest here. This surf break is so dominated by body boarding that surfboard riding here is prohibited. You値l soak in the bright blue and green scenery as you pass along the bluffs at the point where you値l spy two majestic islands resting offshore.

During your visit you may wish to explore the Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail with two observation decks and a working lighthouse. The observation decks offer sweeping views of the ocean below and two islands: 迭abbit Island and 典urtle Island. On the way back down the Makapuu Trail, at the information plaque, be on the lookout for a faint trail that leads to a lava bench below. When the surf is big at Makapuu Beach, usually from an eastern direction, and the tide is high, you値l see a few blowholes. One is called 泥ragons Nostrils because of the way the spray splits when being forced upward.

There is another trail across the road on the mauka (mountain) side called the Makapu'u Hang Glider Trail. At the base of the cliffs, below the Makapu'u Lighthouse, the ocean waves have created a large sea cave. At the north end of the beach are some tide-pools that are interesting to explore. Sea Life Park is located right across the street.

 

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Christine
"Great place to spend the day"
Reviewed March 31, 2014
This is the best place to spend an entire day. The beach is beautiful and there are trails and cool things to see. Sea Life Park and Waimanalo are nearby. Great place for kayaking and windsurfing.
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