"You don't have to be great to start,
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Updated: September 8, 2019
Disclaimer: If this hike is not a part of the Na Ala Hele "State Maintained" Trails, it may be illegal or dangerous to hike, so do not attempt or HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Hik3beasthawaii is not responsible for any injuries, fines, violations you may incur. This website is solely to showcase the beauty that nature has to offer on the island of Hawaii. *****
Location: This hike is located across from the Makapu'u Lighthouse hike. It includes great views of the windward side during the whole hike as you are just following the ridge line.
Type: Ridge hike
Hike Difficulty: Intermediate
Total Time: 3 to 4 hours
Distance: About 4 miles
Things to Consider
Your hiking backpack
Take Kalanianaole Hwy from Hawaii Kai or from Windward side to the Ka Iwi State Shoreline Park. This is where the Makapu'u Lighthouse trail starts. Come early because it is hard to find parking here. Cross the street to the other side to see some "No trespassing" signs and this is where the trail begins.
The other car will be staged at the bottom of the Dead Man's Catwalk trail. Drive all the way up Kamehame Drive to the end until you see a metal fence. This marks the end of your hike so leave a car here for the return trip.
We departed off to the top of Kamehame Drive to park one car. Then we drove to the Ka Iwi Shoreline Park and parked our other car. We started off about 11am. This was a bad idea because noon time would be the hottest time of the day so we got sun burnt. However, it was a beautiful hike, and we saw 3 or 4 people along the way, throughout the hike. The trail is pretty straight forward and at times, it can be a little faint. There are no trail markers the whole way to the Puka, and we only saw a couple markers heading up the mountain past it. As long as you follow the ridge line the whole way, you can't get lost. You will know you reached the puka after a downhill climb and a bunch of rocks will appear in front of you. The trail is really overgrown as of now, so be careful of getting scratches on your arms and legs from the branches.
Up a short 20 minute uphill climb, across the street from the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, we see these gorgeous views. The water is so blue and beautiful!
See the cars driving by on the road below.
I had to take a seat and soak it all in.
Amazing views of Sea Life park below.
We drank a Rockstarr to pull us through this hike.
The view looking back at what we just descended. Heading down to the puka.
We made it to the Makapuu Puka! It was a good place to take a nap.
You can even go inside the Puka although it is a little dangerous.
I brought a Chicken Sandwich from Burger King for my lunch.
Best decision ever.
We even went on top of the puka for a better look at the view below.
Damn that view though got me smiling.
Continuing past the puka to Deadman's Catwalk.
It will be another hour or so unitl you reach there.
Looking back at how far we've gone so far.
We found one of those markers that are in the mountain along the KST.
We saw an old, abandoned launching pad.
And another one, probably still being used. After this launching pad, head down the stairs directly below until you reach the paved road.
After what seemed like forever (actually just 3 hours or so), we made it to the Dead Man's Catwalk trail. However, we we're beat, so decided not to go visit and headed back down to our car.
Here's a picture of Dead Man's Catwalk the last time I went. Beautiful view!!
***Update: The catwalk is no longer here. The state torn it down.
This is what the Deadman's Catwalk looks like now without the concrete slab.
Allison's Hidden Stairs is also located near here, through the fenced off area. If you need a more detailed explanation of how to get here, send us an email!
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