For a low-effort, high-reward hike, the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is apt for hikers of all levels. A paved pathway with a moderate incline takes you around the southeastern coastline of Oahu, where humpback whales breach during the winter months. At the end of the trail, stop at the lookout point for views of Makapuu beach to Waimanalo and the iconic Makapuu Lighthouse, which was built in 1909. Consider taking this hike in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is less intense.
Tip: Keep in mind that many hikes start or end in residential areas, so be respectful and keep trails litter-free.