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“Incredible beauty but you better be prepared@!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ka'ena Point State Park

Ka'ena Point State Park
End of Farrington Highway, Waianae, Oahu, HI
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Waianae
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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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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“Incredible beauty but you better be prepared@!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2004

Located on the northwestern point of Oahu, Ka'ena point is an area totally out of the world compared to the rest of the island. Rocky rugged shorelines with waves crashing year-round, stunning sharp cliffs often just feet away from the trail that goes around the point, all makes for a stunning trip that is going to blow your mind. As it's a designated nature reserve, there is no road that goes around this area; some old maps of Oahu may show a paved road that does go around but this was 30+ years ago data. Part of the road fell into the sea during Hurrican Iwa in the 80s and a good portion got eroded during Hurrican Iniki in the early 90s. The toll was heavy and the roads never repaired. As such, the area was designated a nature reserve with all motorized vehicles banned (and yes, often there are nature reserve officers out there doing enforcement). Note there are actually two ways of accessing Kaena, one from via north shore, around Mokuleia (a stunning "country" area in itself), and the other through Waianae. If you have a high clearance(!) 4x4 you can take your vehicle slightly closer to the point, as about 2 miles away, the road becomes increasingly rocky, impassable by regular passenger vehicles. Very popular spot for mountain biking (road bikes will be destroyed so don't bring 'em!) and hiking, although hiking can get dull due to the long length, heat, and relatively flat terrain. Ka'ena is famous for being hell-ish hot due to the lack of shade and penetrating sun rays reflecting off the ocean and sides of the barren dry cliffs, so come prepared with tons of sunscreen, wear a full shirt for god sakes to prevent you looking like a lobster, and wear a good sun hat. I'm not kidding here, I have lived on Oahu for 30 years and no where does it get as hot and sun damaging as Kaena than anywhere else on Oahu. Bring water, food, because no services or roadside vendors nearby. Also, I suggest bringing you car with NOTHING of value in it with the doors UNLOCKED. That's right, unlocked. Pro Thieves here don't care about joyriding your car, they only want to search for cameras, computers, and cash in your car. So if you let 'em get inside you wont get a smashed window. Don't plan on swimming out here ever, waves come crashing at upwards of 50 feet during winter and even in the summer they are 10 feet. Pro surfers don't even dare to go in the waters off Kaena, it's a guaranteed death trap. Cell phones don't work here due to the towering cliffs blockin all signals from the rest of the isle. Have fun and take advantage of this under utilized area of Oahu!

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