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Makapu'u (Pronounced Ma-ka-poo-oo) Ridge, Lighthouse trail
by ALOHA DEAN

 

    Makapu'u is the extreme eastern end of the Island of Oahu 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 Keanaokeakuapololi. The entire area is quite scenic and a panoramic view is presented at the lookout on Kalanianaole Highway where the roadway surmounts the cliff just before turning south towards leeward O'ahu and Honolulu.
   

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Humback Whales can be seen around the islands each December-April when they migrate from Alaska to give birth in the warm waters of Hawaii.

 
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Build in 1906 shortly after the liner Manchuria ran aground on a nearby reef, this lighthouse perches high on Makapu'u Points. Its powerful lens beams light 28 miles out to sea. On clear days the islands of Molokai is visible 26 mile away. Whales can sometime be seen playing in the deep channel between Oahu and Molokai  Top
 
 
 
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Makapuu Beach and Waimānalo Bay beyond seen from the highway overlook at Makapuu
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