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Ka'ena Point State Park

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Address: End of Farrington Highway, Waianae, Oahu, HI
Phone Number: 8084640840
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

At the very end of Mokuleia where the road dead-ends is Kaena Point State...

At the very end of Mokuleia where the road dead-ends is Kaena Point State Park with its secluded sandy coves and huge wide-open spaces. The hiking trail follows a deeply rutted unpaved Jeep road with dozens of small seaward paths branching off to the ocean’s edge. If you opt to hike the full round-trip trek from Kaena Point to Yokohama Bay on the Leeward Coast, you’ll need roughly three hours, ample stamina, plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks, body cover and your camera.

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A level yet somewhat strenuous hike.

The terrain is level for the 3 mile hike along the coast. The shady areas to avoid direct sunlight are few and far between. Be sure to carry water. This seemed a little harder... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Randy E
Gloucester, Virginia

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Gloucester, Virginia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The terrain is level for the 3 mile hike along the coast. The shady areas to avoid direct sunlight are few and far between. Be sure to carry water. This seemed a little harder than it sounds. It might have just been the heat. We saw whales breaching in the distance and were rewarded with upclose views of albatross and... More 

Thank Randy E
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162 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The west (leeward) trail to Ka'ena Point State Park has been destroyed by idiots in their 4x4s, so be prepared for poor hiking conditions. Take water, of course. Once you get out of the muddy ruts (and pass the truck that tried to fall into the ocean) the path improves but is very rocky. The trip is worth it though,... More 

3 Thank SeattleMeadowlark
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40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go only if you enjoy hiking. It is almost all flat, but it is a couple of miles out there. Towards the end there is a small spot that a climb along a narrow trail is required, it it is quite manageable. Look for the pick up truck that some idiot thought they could drive out there... Pretty funny. We... More 

1 Thank SouthernTraveler2012
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I book a vacation package to stay in Waikiki for 6 night. But, I wanted to make sure that we got out of the city area to explore the natural parts of Oahu. After reading reviews on tripadvisor, Ka'ena was top on our list and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip.... More 

2 Thank urbanhiker15
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you travel they say that half the fun is getting there, this is especially true for Kaena Point, there is much to do and see as you hike through the park. Great seascapes, wild life and waves galore so don't forget your camera. When you get to the sanctuary you will see monk seals and lots of the amazing... More 

Thank David2012804
Portsmouth, Virginia
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207 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son lives near this park and during my visit I decided to do the walk since it is only 2.5 miles out to the point. My shoes were not good and I felt every rock. I also forgot sunscreen since it was mostly cloudy but windy. Finally I left the water in the car. Even with three mistakes, I... More 

Thank JayB1r
Anchorage, Alaska
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31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We have completed this hike several times and are always rewarded with beautiful ocean views and lots of wildlife viewing including whales, Monk seals and numerous nesting birds. We enjoy hiking along the shoreline but to save time and distance a 4-wheel drive trail can be followed to the Preserve. It is usually full sun so put lots of sunscreen... More 

Thank Lynne A
Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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95 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

We hiked from the North Shore side. It was almost a 6 mile round trip hike but there's not much incline. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and sunscreen. Take the lower trail, closer to the water, for a more scenic hike. Once you get to the end of the 4 wheeling trail, you'll pass through a small opening to enter... More 

2 Thank Kristin F
Salem, Oregon
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Don’t be fooled by the lack of elevation gain on this hike. It was an hour each way and not something to attempt in flip-flops (aka slippers). It was worth every step for the views of the sunset and to see albatross nesting. We also saw some humpback wales breaching just off the point. Absolutely bring a raincoat, flashlight, water,... More 

3 Thank Russ63
Findlay, Ohio
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

My daughter lives on Oahu and on one of our visits there we decided to take the hike to the Point because it is a nesting site for both Shearwater and Albatross and a hangout for the Monk Seal. The hike is about three miles from the parking lot on the east side. It is very open so those (such... More 

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