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A history of the Makapuu lighthouse


    The Makapuu Lighthouse has been protecting mariners since 1909. Makapuu means “bulging eye” and refers to a Tahitian mythological creature with eight eyes.

  • The SS Manchuria, pictured in an old advertisement in the above photo, and her sister ships were some of the largest and fastest ships ever made in the U.S. at the time.

Many of the world’s lighthouses were built because of nearby shipwrecks. A ship runs aground in the dark and, only later, authorities think of building a lighthouse to prevent it from happening again. Read more

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