"Makapu'u Lighthouse" Hawaii Kai Off The Beaten Path Tip by GuthrieColin
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In Hawaiian legend, Makapu’u is a supernatural being that came from Tahiti. It found a home here at Makapu’u point and was significant for its set of 8 bright eyes. Makapu’u in the Hawaiian language means “bulging eye” and it seems appropriate that now this lighthouse bears the name of this bright bulging eye.
Like most lighthouses in Hawaii, Makapu’u was constructed after a series of ships ran aground off its coast. It was built in 1909 and is one of Oahu’s most familiar landmarks. From Makapu’u Point it is just 25 miles (40 km) to the coast of Molokai and on a clear day it can be seen.
The Makapu’u Lighthouse sits 395 feet (120 meters) above sea level but the tower itself is only 35 feet (10 meters) tall. It seems to be in fairly good condition but the Lighthouse has restricted access since the 1980’s after a series of vandalism incidents.
Address: 41-01 kalanianaole hwy honolulu, Hi
From Honolulu Take H-1 East and continue on Kalanianaole Hwy (72) until you see the turnout denoted by a brown sign that reads “Ka’Iwi”.
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