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“Beautiful hike along the north west coast”

Ka'ena Point State Park
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Waianae
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed January 31, 2014

This hike is fairly easy;a mostly flat dirt road which starts at the end of the paved Farrington highway on the Waianae side of Oahu or the end of the road just past Dillingham airfield on the north shore. The scenery is stunning and at the point, you have view of both the north and west coasts of Oahu. The point is also the nesting spot for albatrosses and we saw a number of them sitting on their nests. Be sure to take lots of water and use sunscreen as the hike is completely in the sun - very little shade.

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

The 2.5-mile hike, through mountaneous terrain but pretty much flat throughout, is reason enough to take this trail (from the Western end of the road). But the final point (the furthest Western point of the island of Oahu) is even better. We had the privilege to see a multitude of Layman Albatrosses soaring around, then landing and waddling to their nests. Further on, we got to watch a rare and endangered Monk Seal sunnying itself on the rocks, with a second on further down! Quite a treat. This is a must-do trail for anyone wishing to discover the wild side of Hawaii. On top of that, this is a free attraction! The round-trip will take about 2 1/2 hours.

2  Thank Stephan L
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

I'm so glad I made it to the point but it was not easy. It is beautiful scenery but you do need to be prepared. There is not shade and bring water and snacks. We saw a lot of runners and bikers in great shape on the trail. There is a small part of the trail that is a little steep. Once we got to the water it was hard to get into any of it based on all the rocks. We did see two seals on the rocks which was amazing.

Thank Danielle A
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Went for an amazing run on an early morning on a weekday (weekends are much busier at the beach which marks the starting point. Parked at the restroom (less than 0.5 mile before pavement ends). Ran out the old rail bed which hugs the coast line and is completely flat. Just before the preserve you are required to climb a single track to get around a portion of the road that has collapsed. You enter the preserve (fenced off and looking almost military in nature) via two sliding gates that appear like an air lock chamber. Once inside the preserve you can follow the sandy trails with ropes to mark the boundaries to the point. Three monk seals were sleeping against the rocks and almost obscured from view until I cam upon them. Continue out the North Shore gate and you can follow a well rutted dirt road to the pavement before turning back and retracing your steps which makes a 19K run. Bring water, start in the morning when the shadows keep it cooler, and a camera/phone to capture some amazing sights. You can swim right at the end of your run/walk at the beach across from the restroom and catch an outdoor shower to rinse off before heading back in a car. One of the more memorable run in Hawaii.

3  Thank willsummit
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

I didn't walk all the way to the point, but I enjoyed the walk none the less. Take lots of water, it can get hot out there. I saw monk seals and took lots of pictures of the beautiful mountains.

Thank ArenJo
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