Makapu’u Summit Trail: Design Intervention


In this college project, we were tasked to go out into the world and find designs that could use an update and redesign. I picked one of my favorite family-friendly hikes on ‘Oahu, the Makapu’u lighthouse trail.

Makapu’u was believed to be a supernatural being with 8 bright eyes who came from Tahiti and found settlement on the point that now houses the Makapu’u lighthouse. In English, Makapu’u means bulging eye, which is a reference to the supernatural being, but could also be referring to the lighthouse as the eye of the point.