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Makapuu Beach Park
Oahu, Hawaii

Makapuu Beach Park is located on the southeast tip of the island of Oahu, just north of Makapuu Point and the Makapuu Lighthouse. The beach sits at the base of a seacliff and it is approximately 1000 feet long and 200 feet wide. The waves at Makapuu Beach are often too rough for swimming, especially during the winter months, but it is a popular spot for advance bodyboarding and bodysurfing. No board surfing is allowed.

Makapuu beach
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Makapuu Beach has been a famous bodyboarding and bodysurfing spot since 1933 when the coastal road around the east end of the island was completed, and people were able to drive there. On a high surf day, the waves at Makapuu beach break in the middle of the bay, off the center of the beach, providing a very long ride.

The lookouts above the beach provide beautiful views of Makapuu Beach, Sea Life Park, and Waimanalo Bay.

There are two offshore islands at Makapuu beach. The smaller one is Kaohikaipu (black rock) and the larger one is Manana (Rabbit Island). The latter use to be the home of a colony of rabbits but they are gone now. Both islands are seabird sanctuaries.

In the summer when the ocean is calm the beach is wide with a gentle slope, but in the winter, high surf erodes the beach to half its width, exposing a large lava edge at the water's edge. High surf at Makapu'u creates a pounding shore break and swift inshore currents that often run directly into the rocks in the center and at either end of the beach There are also powerful rip currents - one that runs seaward at the north end of the beach and another that follows the sea cliffs toward the lighthouse at Makapu'u point. Lifeguards are on duty daily, so ask them about swimming conditions.

See Also
- Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
- Makapuu Lighthouse
- Makapuu Point
- Makapuu Point State Wayside Park
- All Oahu Beaches

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