Beautiful Lighthouses in Hawaii
There are some 40 navigational aides for ships sailing in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands but most of the navigational aides are just metal poles or towers with a small light on top and not what people normally associate with traditional lighthouses. There are however a number of traditional lighthouses in the Hawaiian Islands and most of them are really beautiful set against the majestic coastlines and the Pacific Ocean. These are the most beautiful lighthouses in Hawaii.
Many of the lighthouses are located near airports so tourists flying into Hawaii can see them right from the plane and these scenic beautiful lighthouses add to the beauty and charm of Hawaii that makes it one of the top tourist destination in the United States and the world. Cruise ship and ferryboat passengers sailing to and around Hawaii can also see the lighthouses from the decks of the cruise and ferry ships as they pass by.
Aloha Tower in Honolulu
Located at 1 Aloha Tower Drive at Pier 9 in Honolulu Harbor is the 184 foot tall Aloha Tower. Built in Late Gothic Revival architectural style and completed in 1926 the Aloha Tower has been guiding vessels into Honolulu Harbor for over 80 years. Today Hawaiian tourists are welcomed to the tower and surrounding retail markets and visitors can ascend to the top for great views of the city of Honolulu and harbor.
Diamond Head Lighthouse
The Diamond Head Lighthouse is 57 feet tall and was built of reinforced concrete in 1917-1918. Diamond Head Lighthouse is located right along Diamond Head Road on the Oahu coastline just north of Honolulu however the lighthouse is part of a private residence and though owned by the United States Coast Guard the grounds and tower are not open to the public. Visitors can get good views of the Diamond Head Lighthouse from the top of the crater in the nearby Diamond Head Crater Park. Diamond Head is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hawaii.
Makapuu Point Lighthouse on Oahu
Makapuu Point Lighthouse stands 46 feet tall along the southeastern coast of the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Makapuu Point Lighthouse was built in 1909 using brick and this is a notable lighthouse because it contains the largest lens of any lighthouse in the United States. The lighthouse is located off Makapuu Lighthouse Road off Highway 72 east of Honolulu. To get near the lighthouse though requires a roughly 2 mile sometimes steep hike that begins 1/2 mile past the Hawaii Kai Golf Course. As is true in many places in Hawaii if you do this hike leave no valuables in your rental car. In Hawaii almost every hike leads to a beautiful view and this hike is no exception.
Molokai Lighthouse on Molokai
Molokai Lighthouse is the tallest real lighthouse in the Hawaiian Islands at 132 feet in height. The Aloha Tower is taller but was not built only as a lighthouse. Molokai Lighthouse was built of concrete in a octagonal shape from 1908-1909. Molokai Lighthouse is located on the island of Molokai along the northern shore at the tip of the Kalaupapa Peninsula next to the Kalaupapa Airport. Though owned by the National Park Service and part of the Kalaupapa National Historic Park the Molokai Lighthouse is not open to the public. But if you fly into Molokai or take a ferry or cruise ship to or by the island you will see the lighthouse near the airport if you look for it.
Image Source (Seen from a ferry)
Barbers Point Lighthouse on Oahu
Located at the end of Olai Street on Barbers Point Beach in Barbers Point Lighthouse Park is the 72 foot tall concrete Barbers Point Lighthouse which was built in 1933. Barbers Point Lighthouse is on the southern coast of Oahu west of Honolulu. Owned by the US Coast Guard the grounds around the tower are open to the public but the tower itself is not. Barbers Point Beach is a gorgeous beach in Hawaii and is worth the trip alone.
Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse on Hawaii
Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse is the eastern most lighthouse in the Hawaiian Islands as it is located on the easternmost point of the Big Island of Hawaii which is called Cape Kumukahi. The lighthouse is made of steel in a skeletal frame and stands 125 feet tall. Built in 1929 Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse has acquired fame over the years because it has survived numerous volcanic eruptions and lava flows especially in 1960 when Kilauea erupted and lava flow destroyed the light keeper's dwellings but the lava split around the lighthouse and spared the structure as it poured into the sea on both sides of the lighthouse. Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse is located at the end of State Highway 132 about 60 miles south of Hilo.
Kauhola Point Lighthouse on Hawaii
Kauhola Point Lighthouse stood 86 feet high on the Big Island of Hawaii a few miles south from the northernmost tip of the island. Built of reinforced concrete in 1933 on Kauhola Point the lighthouse was demolished in 2009 due to erosion and replaced with a monopole light. Too bad the lighthouse could not be saved as it was pretty and could have been a popular tourist attraction in Hawaii.
Kilauea Point Lighthouse on Kauai
Kilauea Point Lighthouse was built on the northernmost point of any of the Hawaiian Islands on the Garden Island of Kauai in 1912-1913 and contains something most lighthouse do not have - a basement. Due to workers having to dig down 11 feet to find solid rock for the base Kilauea Point Lighthouse has a basement. This pretty 52 foot tall lighthouse is located at the end of Kilauea Road north of Kilauea, Kauai. Kilauea Point Lighthouse is in both the Disney animated films Lilo & Stitch and its sequel Stitch! The Movie and plays a prominent part in the sequel.
Ninini Point Lighthouse on Kauai
Located at the tip of Ninini Point off Ninini Point Street just south of the Lihue Airport along the eastern coast of Kauai at the northern entrance to Nawiliwili Bay is the 86 foot high Ninini Point Lighthouse. Built in 1932 this lighthouse is in a spectacularly beautiful setting overlooking the Kauai Lagoons Country Club and the Pacific Ocean. Owned by the Coast Guard the Ninini Point Lighthouse grounds are open to the public but not the tower. Must be fun for tourists and locals alike to play golf in Hawaii at this location with a beautiful lighthouse against the Pacific Ocean as background.
Lahaina Lighthouse on Maui
Lahaina Lighthouse is located right along Front Street along the western coast of Maui in the beautiful old whaling city of Lahaina. Made of concrete this 39 foot lighthouse was built in 1939 and replaced an older 55 foot tall wooden lighthouse. Lahaina Lighthouse is owned by the Coast Guard and the grounds are open to the public. Lahaina is a great place to visit in Hawaii as it is a charming town full of restaurants and art galleries set right on the Pacific Ocean and visitors can take sailing cruises from the harbor as well as whale watching tours in season. A very romantic place in Hawaii and the lighthouse only ads to the charm.
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