Monday, January 17, 2011

Whale Watching at Makapu'u

Although my goal is to hike 10 unique trails in Hawaii for my 101 in 1001 list, I somehow always end up returning to Makapu'u.  Yes, I know, I know.  I said I would hike other trails, but Makapu'u somehow calls my name and I end up returning, over and over again.

During the week, I went back to Makapu'u - again.  It has been the third time I have returned since the semester.  The last time, I jogged up Makapu'u to increase my running stamina, but this time I only strolled since I had a backpack with me.  My two friends, K and V went on the hike with me.  V is from Indonesia and it was her first time hiking Makapu'u, so we stopped to take many photos.

 I thought Makapu'u would be great for her because it is not a tough hike.  It is like walking on a road with an incline. 
Of course, this hike can be made more challenging, if you go up the ridge of the mountain like I did several years ago.  But I would not recommend it.  The road path is just fine!

At Makapu'u, I always encounter something new and unexpected.  I guess that is one reason I also love to be outdoors.  You never know what you will encounter.  You might be wondering, "What was so different about this hike?"  Well, I had a chance to see whales!  Not just one whale, but several! 

It was amazing and beautiful to see the whales.  I only wish I could have captured it on film.  But those whales are far too fast, or should I say too slow? It takes forever for whales to appear, but when you finally see one, they quickly disappear. 
Although I did not get a chance to capture whales on film (yet), I still saw an incredible view!  It is the main reason why I continue to return to the area.  If I lived closer, I would be here all the time.

I also saw several men on gliders while at Makapu'u.  I do not know if I would ever try gliding, but it was amazing how close they were to the ridge and how they could glide perfectly into the sky without anything other than the wind.

Makapu'u is a great hike, especially for beginners.  It is easy and does not take much effort.  If you are trying to get into shape and want to include more hiking into your fitness regime, why not start with Makapu'u?


  1. Oh wow! Gorgeous pics! Found you on 20sb what was your last post about thread! You're so lucky you get to live and explore in Hawaii! Now following you!

  2. I've never done Makapu'u. I've been looking to branch out to more hikes, so I'll definitely check it out. I'd love to see whales!

  3. Jet-Setting Divas, I checked out your blog. It's great! =) I'm now following it.

    Eleni, you have to go to Makapu'u! It's awesome and such an easy, yet beautiful like. I guarantee you'll love it! Yes, it's whale season, so catch them before they disappear! It takes some while to spot them, but once you do, it's so worth it.

  4. I've always wanted to do those gliding thing, but I'm always too scared.

    I agree, Makapu'u is GORGEOUS and easy hike to do. Don't get me wrong, I still huff and puff on that hike. LOL.

    I training for GAR (Great Aloha Run) and I think I should run Makapu'u. Thanks for the suggestion.

  5. Jen, I'm scared too! LOL I'm glad you are training for the GAR. I haven't started yet, but I hope to run it too! You should run Makapu'u. It really does help! =) That's so funny though ... yes, it can be strenuous in some ways too. hehe

  6. That looks so nice and the ocean views in your pictures are just amazing! Of course, compared to the -25'F windchill here, the sunshine and warm is so great!


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