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20″ x 24″

Like most lighthouses around the world, the Makapuu lighthouse was built because many ships had grounded in the area at night.  The S.N. Castle and the S.S. Manchuria were among the ships that ran aground nearby.  The night of October 1, 1909 was the first time the Makapuu lighthouse sent its light out into the dark Pacific Ocean.  The 12 foot tall, 12 ton lens for the Makapuu lighthouse is the largest lighthouse lens in the U.S.  The lens was exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair before being shipped to Hawaii.  The best place to see the Makapuu lighthouse from ground is from the Makapuu trail.


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