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Makapuu Tide Pools

Hawaii > Oahu > Waikiki
Length2.5 mi
Elev. Gain500 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating9 / 10
The Makapuu Tide Pools was once a tightly guarded secret for local hikers. Located in Oahu, Makapuu Tide Pool hike is just one of the many breathtaking hiking trails in the island. The Oahu trails will appeal hugely to adventure seekers due to its uncertain surprises and elevations.

If you are looking for a safe path to reach the pool, the shoreline path is the best option, though the path is long and boring, without anything to see except dry and barren fields. The trail begins from Makapuu Point State Wayside Park, from where you have to walk down the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Road.

Roughly one mile up the starting portion, you will find a whale-watching lookout center. Just right of this lookout place, you will get the path to the pools. If you miss the path, just look out for a large enough blowhole - if you find that the water has reached almost up to 30 feet, you will know that you have reached the right place. Just keep descending cautiously through the rocky path till you reach the pools, where you can take a short bath. Avoid approaching the blowholes along the trail, as they can be dangerous.

Best time to go
8 to 10 am


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 18.312' N
157° 39.304' W

Driving Directions:
Take East on the Kakaninaole Highway and keep driving straight, you will pass Koko Marina, Hanauma Bay and the Sea Life Park on your way. Next, take a right turn after you reach a break in the guardrail, where you can park your car. You can now reach the trail, which will fall to your right.
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Weather Report for Honolulu, HI
Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Lows 66 to 72. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 69.9° F
Relative Humidity: 2%
Pressure: 29.91"
Dew Point: -16.4° F

Winds from the South at 0.2 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.05"

Sunrise: 6:58 AM
Sunset: 5:50 PM
Weather reported from Manoa, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL106)
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Highs around 78. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 58 to 66. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly sunny. Breezy. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs around 78. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy. Breezy. Isolated showers after midnight. Lows 59 to 67. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph increasing to 40 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:15 AM
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