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Makapu‘u Beach and Waimanalo Bay beyond seen from the highway overlook at Makapu‘u
Makapu‘u Beach and Waimanalo Bay beyond seen from the highway overlook at Makapu‘u

Makapu'u is the extreme eastern end of the Island of O'ahu in the Hawaiian Islands, comprising the remnant of a ridge that rises 647 feet (197 meters) above the sea. The cliff at Makapu'u Point forms the eastern tip and is the site of a prominent lighthouse. The place name of this area, meaning "bulging eye" in Hawaiian, is thought to derive from the name of an image said to have been located in a cave here called Keanaokeakuapōloli. The entire area is quite scenic and a panoramic view is presented at the lookout on Kalanianaole Highway (State Rte. 72) where the roadway surmounts the cliff just before turning south towards leeward O'ahu and Honolulu. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x675, 173 KB)Makapu‘u Beach from the lookout on Kalanianaole Highway at Makapu‘u Point on O‘ahu. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x675, 173 KB)Makapu‘u Beach from the lookout on Kalanianaole Highway at Makapu‘u Point on O‘ahu. ... The Island of O‘ahu. ... Map of the Hawaiian Islands, a chain of islands that stretches 2,400 km in a northwesterly direction from the southern tip of the Island of Hawai‘i. ... Hawaiian is the ancestral language of the indigenous people of the Hawaiian Islands, the Hawaiians, a Polynesian people. ... Honolulu as seen from the International Space Station Honolulu is the largest city and the capital of the U.S. state of Hawai‘i. ...


Features of special interest in this area are:

  • Makapu'u Beach – The most popular body-surfing beach on O'ahu; conditions are generally too rough for casual beach goers, although the beach itself is spectacular.
  • Sea Life Park – A large commercial park and aquarium featuring displays and shows of Hawaiian marine life.
  • Makapu'u Light – U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse, now automated. Reputed to have the largest lighthouse lens in the U.S.. A popular day hike along the access road to the lighthouse begins at a parking lot located south of the Makapu'u lookout on Kalanianaole Highway (see State Wayside below).
Start of the "trail" to the lighthouse at Makapu'u
  • Makapu'u Point State Wayside is that part of eastern end of the Island encompassing Makapu‘u Head and the lighthouse at Makapu‘u Point. A paved road (open to the public for foot traffic) leads out to the lighhouse—a not particularly strenuous 1.75 mile (2.81 km) hike. The road rises mostly heading towards the south along the land-side of the ridge and curves around Pu‘u o Kipahulu (southern end of the ridge), then traverses the ridge bearing right towards the lighthouse, which is closed to the public. A trail leads up from the former Coast Guard residential area to a summit (high point in photo at right) from which the island of Moloka‘i may be seen across the Kaiwi Channel. Of interest to hikers visiting the wayside park is the possibility of seeing Humpback whales in the waters offshore between about November and April. A telescope is available to the public at the summit lookout. There are so-called blowholes along the rocky shore below Makapu'u Head which are sometimes active.
  • Manana Island – An offshore tuff cone known as Rabbit Island because of its resemblance to a large rabbit's head rising out of the sea and because it was once inhabited by introduced rabbits. A State bird refuge.
  • Kaohikaipu – A low volcanic islet off Makapu'u Beach Park; also a bird refuge.
  • Makapu'u Beach Park and Kaupo Beach Park – All of the rocky shoreline and pocket beaches between the sea cliffs at Makapu'u Point and the State Research Pier are beach parks open to the public. Wave conditions at Kaupo (western end) are more suited to young beach goers. Makapu'u Beach is a popular body-surfing beach, but the shore break can be dangerous.
  • Makai Pier – A long, concrete pier built by the State of Hawaii to support marine research efforts in the Hawaiian Islands. Houses several commercial marine engineering firms and HURL (Hawaii Underwater Research Laboratory).
Makapu'u Point and lighthouse from Kaupo Beach Park
  • Kaupo Beach and Kaupo Beach Park are located along the sandy shore centered on the Makai Pier.

The Makapu'u area is reached approximately 2 km (1.2 mi) east of Waimānalo Beach on Kalanianaole Highway (State Rte. 72) or from the Honolulu side (south shore; Hawaii Kai) travelling east along the same highway beyond Sandy Beach. The Wayside Park (road for hiking in to the lighthouse) is about midway up the draw on the right-hand side coming from the Honolulu side. U.S. Coast Guard helicopter A coast guard is an organization devoted to saving the lives of shipwrecked mariners or people in danger at sea. ... The Peggys Point lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada An aid for navigation and pilotage at sea, a lighthouse is a tower building or framework sending out light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire. ... A lens is: a part of the eye an optical device that may be used in a camera or in a telescope; see lens (optics). ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations by or about: United States Wikinews has news related to this article: United States United States government CIA World Factbook Entry for United States House. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1152 KB) Trail to summit of Makapuu File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1152 KB) Trail to summit of Makapuu File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image of Molokai taken by NASA. Sign greeting visitors to Molokai at exit to airport. ... In an archipelago like the Hawaiian Islands the water between islands is typically called a channel or passage. ... Binomial name Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) Humpback Whale range The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a mammal which belongs to the baleen whale suborder. ... The blowhole of Monks Cave, a sea cave near Aberystwyth In geology, a blowhole is a cavity formed in the ground at the inland end of a sea cave. ... Manana island is located almost a mile off Makapuu beach, at the easternmost point of Oahu, in the Hawaiian Islands. ... Puu Oo, a cinder-and-spatter cone on Kilauea, Hawaii Volcanic cones are among the simplest volcano formations. ... State nickname: The Aloha State Other U.S. States Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Governor Linda Lingle (R) Official languages Hawaiian and English Area 28,337 km² (43rd)  - Land 16,649 km²  - Water 11,672 km² (41. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1424 KB) Makapuu with lighthouse from Oceanic Research Center on Oahu File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1424 KB) Makapuu with lighthouse from Oceanic Research Center on Oahu File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Waimānalo Beach is a town located in the City & County of Honolulu, in the District of Koolaupoko on the island of Oahu. ... Hawaii Kai is a largely residential area located in the City & County of Honolulu, in the District of Honolulu on the island of Oahu. ... Sandy Beach from the Halona Blowhole lookout. ...


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Makapuu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (669 words)
Makapu‘u is the extreme eastern end of the Island of O‘ahu in the Hawaiian Islands, comprising the remnant of a ridge that rises 647 feet (197 meters) above the sea.
Makapu‘u Point State Wayside is that part of eastern end of the Island encompassing Makapu‘u Head and the lighthouse at Makapu‘u Point.
Makapu‘u Beach Park and Kaupō Beach Park – All of the rocky shoreline and pocket beaches between the sea cliffs at Makapu‘u Point and the State Research Pier (Makai Pier) are beach parks open to the public.
Hawaii: Oahu Beach (592 words)
Makapuu Beach is on the right, directly below the highway, and here on this downgrade the highway's shoulder is extra wide to allow motorists to pull over to take photographs or observe the action below.
The entrance to Makapuu Beach Park is makai (makai is a Hawaiian word that means toward the sea), to the right, near the bottom of the grade.
Makapuu has two restrooms, picnic tables, and one lifeguard stand that is manned 365 days a year.
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