The first day of no rains and overcast weather was gorgeous beyond belief! The sun was out in full force making the temperature of the day hover at a warm 90 Degrees/32 Celsius. Mary and I decided what better day to do something than go hiking without our family! We brought along our pup, Bear, and our son Landon. We left the house around 7:30AM and began our hike around 8:45AM.
The constant rains (about 3 weeks worth of on and off HEAVY downpours) created a scene even I have not seen, maybe I just didn’t observe it well enough: Lush, green, vibrant Oahu.
The hike we chose to do is located on the East side of Oahu named “Makapu’u Lighthouse Hike” (this hike is free) and everything you see colored green in this post is usually a tan, brown color. Many plants are usually dead or dying with no overgrown paths. Basically, it’s a mini desert out there and can get very dry.
When a person envisions Hawaii, this is what I believe they expect to see: luscious, green, and clear! The greenery in this picture is very rare! It was beautiful.
Continued efforts to preserve this hike are displayed all around. The state is currently restoring the path to make it safer as well as adding more designated lookout points.
There are so many great positions to observe the scenery! Some photo opportunities are hard to get to however, most spots are no more than 10-15 Feet/3-4 Meters off the paved trail (like the spot pictured above).
The Makapu’u Tide Pools! Another great adventure to be blogged about very soon. The waves/conditions were very rough, making the Tide Pools very dangerous to visit at the time. There is also a blow hole (second picture) where water is funneled into a tight cave, compressed, and sprayed out like a geyser.
This is located near the peak! The main peak has been closed off due to before mentioned restoration efforts.
The hike took 2 hours for us to complete, not because it was hard but because of the beauty (it can take as little as 20 Minutes). We have done this hike numerous times but the liveliness on display this time was jaw dropping even for us locals. The hike is open to the public and we highly recommend bringing your children and pets! We saw adventures of all ages completing it.
Like always, make sure you bring plenty of water, sunscreen, sun protection, and take your time. It’s a VERY manageable hike!
Makapu’u Point Lighthouse
Makapuu Lighthouse Rd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”