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The Mystery at Makapuu Lighthouse

Posted by: Kim Steutermann Rogers
Destination: Oahu
Oct 14, 2011

Earlier this week, I slipped out of Waikiki and hiked the trail to Makapu’u Summit along Ka ‘Iwi State Scenic Shoreline. The trail is paved, about 1.5 miles round trip. The hike to the summit is a steady uphill that follows several gentle switchbacks.

The payoff at the summit is some spectacular views of the distant Diamond Head, nearby Koko Head and Koko Crater, as well as, the islets Manana and Kaohikaipu, also known as Rabbit Island. And, of course, the spectacular Makapu’u Lighthouse with its 100+ year-old lighthouse made with an historic “hyper-radiant—e.g. super-size—lens.

But what next caught my eye and wonder were a series of locks attached to the fence at the summit. One a dial lock like this one. The rest locks with a key assembly--several small like the kind we used to use on suitcases. They didn’t keep a gate closed. They didn’t seem to have a purpose at all. No one I asked seemed to know, either.

Do you?


Nicki | Oct 19, 2011 07:00 AM

While traveling in Moscow, Russia this summer, we walked along the riverbank which had not only a fence railing adorned with similar hanging locks, but also metal sculptured trees covered with hundreds of locks in varied sizes, shapes and colors. We were told this was a custom of young(and perhaps old) lovers displaying their everlasting love. Young Russian brides and grooms also seem to enjoy "city tours" . All dressed up in long(and sometimes short) white dresses and suits, the newlyweds have a limo driver(even saw one Humvee limo) take them all around the city stopping for pictures at famous monuments, churches, and government buildings. The bride frequently leaves her bouquet at one location important to her. Looked like lots of fun and never failed to bring smiles to all who saw them.

Kim | Oct 27, 2011 08:42 AM

Thanks, Nicki. I received similar response from a Facebook post. Someone called them "love locks." I guess they are a bit more popular elsewhere in the world. Thanks, though. Learn something new every day!

Andrea | Oct 27, 2011 10:47 AM

Interesting! Will keep an eye for locks in odd places :)

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