The Makapu'u Point State Wayside is a forty acre area of natural beauty on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu. The park incorporates a hiking trail which runs along the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline. It is one of the few places in Hawaii state parks where dogs are permitted entrance and even though they can't go off-leash, they can enjoy getting some outdoor exercise time and a blast of fresh sea air.
The Makapu'u Point or Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail is a two-mile-long looping trail which reaches its farthest point at Makapu'u Head. There is a parking facility at the trailhead which can be accessed from Highway 72. The trail is free of traffic, but pet owners shouldn't be tempted to unleash their dogs as there is protected wildlife in the area and some of the cliffs are hazardous.
There are also spiny cacti growing along the bluff which could be painful for a pup's paws if they trod on it. Keeping a pet firmly on the right pathway helps avoid all problems and saves on vet's bills. Most visitors bringing their pet to the Makapu'u Point State Wayside pack enough provisions and make a day of it. An adequate supply of water is essential as there are no drinking fountains on the trail and the region has a hot, arid climate.
Taking binoculars is highly recommended when you visit the Makapu'u Point State Wayside. Though the trail is relatively short, there are lots of places to stop along the way in this park to enjoy the scenic vistas across the bay. A short distance off the coastline, there are several small islets which are bird sanctuaries where frigatebirds (or 'iwa) can be observed.
A popular time to hike the Makapu'u Point State Wayside trail is from November through to May. These are the migratory months for humpback whales and sightings are common. The Makapu'u Point State Wayside follows the pack it in, pack it out regulation, and this includes dog excrement. No trash, including poop, can be left on any part of the trail.