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Oahu Lighthouses

There are 6 lighthouses on Oahu, Makapuu Lighthouse, Diamond Head Lighthouse, Barber's Point Lighthouse, Aloha Tower, Pyramid Rock Lighthouse, & Kaena Point Lighthouse.

Makapuu Lighthouse

On the eastern most point of Oahu sits the Makapuu Point Lighthouse, a shining beacon built in 1909 on a 600-foot sea cliff overlooking Makapuu Beach — a stretch of s& known as one of Oahu’s best bodysurfing beaches — & family friendly Sea Life Park.

Oahu lighthouse Makapuu Lighthouse, Makapuu Point, Oahu, Hawaii

Makapuu Lighthouse, Makapuu Point, Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu lighthouse  Makapuu Lighthouse, Makapuu Point, Oahu, Hawaii

Makapuu Lighthouse, Makapuu Point, Oahu, Hawaii view more photos of Makappu Lighthouse

Diamond Head Lighthouse

The Diamond Head Lighthouse is built on the steep coast cliff of the extinct Diamond Head Volcano. The original lighthouse was built in 1899 & the original fresnel lens is still in use today.

Oahu lighthouse  Diamond Head Lighthouse, Diamond Head, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Diamond Head Lighthouse, Diamond Head, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu lighthouse  Diamond Head Lighthouse, Diamond Head, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Diamond Head Lighthouse, Diamond Head, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Barber's Point Lighthouse

Barbers Point Light is named for Captain Henry Barber. His ship wrecked on a coral shoal off the point on 31 October 1796.  The first tower was "constructed of coral [one source noted lava] in the days of King Kalakaua in 1888" according to a caption on an official photo sent to Headquarters in 1934.  It stood 42 feet.  The first keeper was A. Alona, Esq., who was appointed on 9 April 1888. In 1912 a cement cap was placed on the original lava rock tower & the old wick lamp was replaced. The current 72-foot tower was built in 1933.  The older tower was intentionally toppled on 29 December 1933, the same day the new tower was lit. Light was automated in 1964.  The last light-keeper was BM1 Fred Robbins. In a letter dated December 10, 1941, John M. Sweeney the Keeper at Barbers Point Light Station describes seeing Japanese & American planes flying overhead. They appeared to be dog fighting. He also describes parachutists [these were the aircrew of a damaged Japanese dive bomber who bailed out near the light station] l&ing near the light. He was warned not to go outside as the fighting raged on. The Army ordered the station open twenty four hours a day for full use by the Army. Machine gun emplacements were installed. The light is an active aid to navigation & is not open to the public.

Oahu lighthouse  Barbers Point Lighthouse, Kalaealoa, Oahu, Hawaii

Barber's Point Lighthouse, Kalaealoa, Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu lighthouse  Barber's Point Lighthouse, Kalaealoa, Oahu, Hawaii

Barber's Point Lighthouse, Kalaealoa, Oahu, Hawaii

Aloha Tower

The Aloha Tower is a lighthouse that is considered one of the landmarks of the state of Hawaii in the United States. Opened on September 11, 1926 at a then astronomical cost of $160,000. The Aloha Tower is located at Pier 9 of Honolulu Harbor. It has & continues to be a guiding beacon welcoming vessels to the City & County of Honolulu. Just as the Statue of Liberty greeted hundreds of thousands of immigrants each year to New York City, the Aloha Tower greeted hundreds of thousands of immigrants to Honolulu. At 10 stories & 184 feet (56 m) of height topped with 40 feet (12 m) of flag mast, for four decades the Aloha Tower was the tallest structure in Hawaii.

Oahu lighthouse  Aloha Tower, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Aloha Tower, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii view more photos of Aloha Tower

Pyramid Rock Lighthouse

Kaneohe Bay on the windward or eastern side of Oahu is the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Islands. The 4.6-mile-wide mouth of the bay extends from Pyramid Rock on the Mokapu Peninsula at the southeastern side to Kualoa Point on the northwest side. Before exposure to the Western world in 1778, the Kaneohe area was the most populated area on Oahu.
Part of the Mokapu Peninsula was first set aside for military purposes in 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson reserved 322 acres for the U.S. Army. The U.S. Navy purchased the western side of the peninsula in 1939, & construction soon began on Naval Air Station Kaneohe. Dredging of the bay started in 1939, & in 1941 Pyramid Rock Light was established atop the natural feature on the northwestern point of the Mokapu Peninsula.

Oahu lighthouse  Pyramid Rock Lighthouse, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu Hawaii

Pyramid Rock Lighthouse, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu Hawaii

NAS, Kaneohe Bay was attacked by two waves of Japanese Imperial Navy aircraft on December 7, 1941, just minutes before the assault began at Pearl Harbor. Eighteen U.S. sailors were killed during the bombardment, & extensive damage was done to the air station & its aircraft. Following World War II, the Army soon left the peninsula, & the Navy followed suit in 1949. The marines established Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay on the combined Navy & Army sites in 1952. In 1994, the Marine Corps consolidates all of its operations in Hawaii on the Mokapu Peninsula & renamed the facility Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Oahu lighthouse  Pyramid Rock Lighthouse, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu Hawaii

Pyramid Rock Lighthouse, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu Hawaii

The Pyramid Rock Light currently consists of a light mounted on the roof of a square concrete workhouse, painted with distinctive black & white diagonal stripes. The light guides vessels into Kaneohe Bay & overlooks a recreational beach for the marines.

Kaena Point Lighthouse

Kaena Point is the westernmost tip of Oahu & is a celebrated legendary site for the Hawaiian people. The ancient Hawaiians believed that when a person died their spirit would follow the setting sun to their eternal night. At Ka'ena Point, the souls would leap from the earth & enter the underworld.

Oahu lighthouse  Kaena Point Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii

Kaena Point Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii

In 1919, the Bureau of Lighthouses decided to place an unmanned acetylene light on Kaena Point. A site was selected, building materials were hauled in, & a concrete pyramidal tower was erected at a cost of $2,479.84. Due to its remoteness, the light frequently fell victim to vandalism. Between 1980 & 1985, the light was extinguished eleven times, as senseless people shot at the lens or stole the beacon’s batteries. In 1990, the concrete tower literally fell victim to erosion & was replaced by a light atop a metal pole.

Oahu lighthouse  Kaena Point Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii

Kaena Point Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii

In the 1980s, the Navy requested that the range of the Kaena Point Light be increased to assist submarines. Rather than install a more powerful light on the beach, the old Ka'ena Point Light was renamed the Kaena Point Passing Light, & a navigational light was activated atop a building at the Kaena Point Tracking Station on the bluffs behind the point. This new location for the Kaena Point Light was selected due to the commercial power & security available at the tracking station. The new light has a focal plane of 931 feet & a range of twenty-five miles.

Oahu lighthouse  Kaena Point Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii

Kaena Point Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii

The Kaena Point Natural Reserve Area was created in 1983 to help protect the fragile dunes & native species on the point. Making the area immediately around the point off-limits to dogs & vehicles has helped restore the natural landscape & elevate the number of nesting albatross & wedge-tailed shearwaters.

Oahu lighthouse  Kaena Point Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii

Kaena Point Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu lighthouse  Kaena Point Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii

Kaena Point Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii

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