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Ka'ena Point State Park

Address: End of Farrington Highway, Waianae, Oahu, HI
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Waianae
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: At the very end of Mokuleia where the road dead-ends is Kaena Point State Park with its secluded...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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Philadephia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Do this hike in the early morning as there is no shade. Views of the coast are stunning. Out at the point there is a bird sanctuary where I saw albatross nesting. There are tide pools and I found 2 very large sleepy monk seals sunning themselves. Out in the ocean you could see the whale spouts. I hiked alone... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

You can either come for the beach or for the hike. The beach is frequented by locals but I've never really seen any food trucks out here. So bring all your own supplies. The hike is a flat and easy one with some mud at times. Towards the end just before the fenced bird sanctuary area, a section of the... More 

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We started at the gate and walked 2 hours to the point. The seas were tremendous and angry making for a spectacular hike. We tended to hike near the coast as able because the four wheelers created huge ruts in the road and it had rained the night before leaving puddles the size of lakes. The scenery was gorgeous and... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is a nice walk along a scenic coastline. The bonus for birdwatchers is the albatross nesting site at the point (December-March). The laysan albatross are a majestic sight when seen in flight. Be sure to wear a hat and carry water as there is no shade and the walk takes at least 45 minutes.

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Honolulu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I first hiked this area over 25 years ago I think It still is a special place and you are rewarded at the point with spectacular views and we were lucky to see both multiple nestings sityes with shearwater and about 4- 5 monk seals lounging on the sand It is a lot more crowded these days but MOst people... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Had a great time on this hike and went pretty early in the morning on January 5. Weather was a party cloudy and about 70-75 degrees. Even with a little breeze, it gets hot! Be careful. Bring a lot of water. 5.3 mile hike round trip including walking around in the gated area. Didn't notice any issues with cares or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Just keep walking.....the trail goes on a long while.....beautiful views of the coastline and the lava......

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Absolutely stunning! It is great for the walk in the afternoon with great views on the rocky shores and ocean animals (like sea monks). However I would may be reccomend to hike it from the nort-east side and not from the south side. We tried to do that however we noticed a broken glass on the parking lot which suggest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Beautiful rugged terrain makes this beach so unique. Don't bring your flip-flops for a stroll on this beach- sneakers or hiking shoes are best to walk along the lava rock coastline. My plan for the day was to drive along the north shore. I drove from Ko Olina (about 30-40 mins) and made this my first stop before continuing east... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Easy Walk and wonderful views on this rocky point. The bird sanctuary is of interest and the possibility of seeing Monk seals makes this very worth while.

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