On our second full day in Hawaii, we decided to do the Makapu'u Lighthouse hike. Makapu'u is one of the most popular hikes on Oahu with views of Makapu'u beach, Koko Head, the windward coast and neighboring islands Molokai and Lanai. The trail is paved and wide. Most reviews I found determined the hike to be easy but in the heat of the day with a 4 year old on my back, it was definitely a challenge. I recommend starting this as early in the day as possible. There is not any shade and we were melting!
The tide pools below were very welcoming but the path to them is very steep and not kid friendly. I guess we will have to save those for another time! Instead our reward came in the form of a trip to Kona Brewing Company and Bubbie's Ice Cream in the Koko Marina. A pint of Longboard and the Ahi Poke that my niece and I split was exactly what I needed after a long and hot hike! After lunch, we ventured down to Bubbie's Ice Cream where I discovered mochi ice cream. The mochi is sweetened rice confection wrapped around gourmet ice cream. Bobbie's has twenty flavors but I opted for vanilla. It was so good that I did not even take a picture!
|Sassy pants dug her heels in and refused to walk any further after the first stop.|
|My hiking buddy. He's proud to say that we were the only ones in the family to do all three hikes.|
|At the top with cousin Chris. Funniest kid ever!|
|Pua'a Pork Tacos|