Makapuu Beach Park
Situated on the southeastern tip of Oahu, Makapu’u Beach is in the shadow of Makapu’u Point and the dramatic Lookout Point. The word Makapu’u means “bulging eye” and is thought to refer to a natural feature in the nearby Keanaokeakuapōloli Cave.
Located about a mile east of Waimanalo Beach, the gently undulating beach has masses of golden sands in a cove-like setting bordered with palm trees and greenery. The steep green-covered slopes rise to almost 200 metres and make a dramatic backdrop to this beautiful beach park.
Stand on the shore and appreciate the stunning views of the hillside and coastline as far east as Makapu’u Lighthouse beacon - you can even walk along the coastal footpath to this famous 14-metre high landmark, now automated and perched high above the waves.
At one end of the beach a black lava rock mountain juts out into the ocean making a dramatic statement against the deep blue ocean waters and breaking waves. Views from the beach also take in two offshore islands: Manana or Rabbit Island and Kaohikaipu Island.
Makapu’u Beach Park is divided into two areas demarcated by a sand dune and lava rocks. Surfers tend to congregate at the far left hand end of the beach where the surfing breaks are best. You’ll see a line of bodyboarders hovering and waiting for the next big wave to surf, although it is really only suitable for pros.
The rest of the sandy beach park is enjoyed by sunbathers and walkers.
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