Makapu’u Lookout


About Makapu’u Lookout


At the end of the Makapu’u trail is a prominent lighthouse that signals from Oahus eastern shores over the Pacific. During the winter, whales can be seen dancing off in the distance. The Makapu’u Lookout, located before the trails leading out to the point, offer gorgeous views to offshore islands like Rabbit Island, plus South Shore Oahus coastline and deep blue ocean waters.


The famous Makapu’u Point Lighthouse nearby was built in 1909. In 1974 the lighthouse was automated and the keepers quarters were removed in 1987. Access to the lighthouse is closed to the public.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: About 10 minutes for picture taking from the lookout
  • Insider Tip: Offshore Rabbit Island got its name from a rabbit colony that lived on the island for nearly 100 years, but was eradicated in 1994 when the animals presented a growing threat to the island's ecosystem.
  • Fun Fact: Makapuu's role in World War II is evident by the concrete pillbox bunkers built into the cliffs.
  • What to Expect: East Oahu coastline, open ocean, & Makapu'u Beach