The Lighthouse Board established an official navigational aid at Koloa Point in 1908, but this was replaced in 1922 by the Makahu'ena Light, which was built about fifteen feet north-northeast of the Koloa Light. The first Makahu'ena Light was a concrete tower with a focal plane of sixty feet. This beacon served until 1983, when it was replaced by a light atop a metal pole. The lens and lantern from the old Makahu'ena Light are on display at the Hawai'i Maritime Center in Honolulu.
The foundation pier of what was likely a former tower is still present on the site and is marked USLHS.
Head Keepers: Ernest Reyher (1908 – 1909), John Kahaule (1909 – 1913), David K. Pele (1914 – 1919), Peter Kamano (1920 – 1921).