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“Fantastic hike, tons of whales!”

Ka'ena Point State Park
Ranked #3 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 March 23, 2014 via mobile

We only made one mistake with this hike and that was doing it in the middle of the day. It was SO HOT! We were also disappointed when some fellow hikers on their way back said that they built a fence and hikers were no longer allowed to go all the way to the point. You CAN however, go solo the way to the point. The fence is just to keep unwanted critters out, so you can just go through the little set of sally port gates and continue your hike.

On our way out we spent a lot of time watching the whales. They were maybe a half mile off shore, but boy did they put on a show. They jumped almost completely out of the water on several occasions and it was an awesome sight.

When we got to the point we got to see a monk seal taking a snooze in one of the shallow tide pools. We never would have seen him if another couple wouldn't have pointed him out to us, so look closely! They blend in perfectly.

Trail condition wise, the trail is good. It was muddy in places but you could always get around it without getting your does wet or dirty. It's all flat except for one spot towards the end where the two is washed out so you need to go up the hill a ways to get around it. Nothing too difficult.

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Reviewed March 16, 2014

We did this hike from the Waianae side after two days of rain so there were quite a few places we detoured from the path to avoid the huge mud puddles. It is a beautiful hike and we were rewarded with albatross and whales close to the shore. We were on the trail for the sunset which was spectacular!

Thank Dancer099
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

I have hiked it from both sides, but I much prefer the hike from the Waianae side. The ocean views are spectacular and it is about 2 1/12 miles each way so bring lots of water and sunscreen, but you will not regret it!

Thank Marsha J
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

From the end of the Farrington Hy (930) on the North coast, it is a relatively easy hike to Ka'ena Point. Stay off the rather muddy path that the 4x4 vehicles use. Rather, hike closer to the water's edge. The sound of the surf crashing ashore is soothing and the ground is much drier but occasionally quite sandy which takes more effort to walk. About halfway to the end there is a small Hidden Beach where we stopped to rest and have a snack in the shade of some of the few trees along the path. The rest of the hike is out in the open so plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat are a must. Just before the beach is also the end of the road for most 4x4 vehicles except research trucks from the university. Interesting to watch them challenge some of the dunes. The end of the trail rewards you with the bird sanctuary and if you're lucky, some Monk seals basking in the tidal pools. Don't get to close. Unless you've arranged a pickup on the other leg of the trail, you'll have to retrace your steps back to the start. Very little elevation change over the length of the trail makes for an easy 4 hour hike.

Beautiful views of the wave / beach interaction, unworldly lava formations and occasional wildlife.

Good shoes are a must since some of those lava formations can be very sharp. Last place to buy supplies (snacks, water) is about 8 miles before the end of the road.

1  Thank martin v
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Depending on your route and the weather this can be an enjoyable half day hike to a truly adventurous all day affair. If you come along the western side of Oahu, from Waianae, plan on a rather pleasant morning or afternoon hike along an old road and railroad with a few mud holes but with ways to get around them. Watch for the sea arch and enjoy the coastal scenery. On the other hand the north route includes many mud holes and steep ascents and descents depending on your route planning. If it is a rainy day plan on five hours at least without any Park observations. Make sure you bring plenty of water and food. Having a rain jacket is a good idea. A hat to help block the sun or rain is necessary. Bring and use sunscreen! Hiking shoes are very important on the north shore route.
When you arrive at the Park you will need to go through a gateway which is the only way to get into the preserve. The fence is to stop predators from gaining access, especially dogs. The fence protects the many birds, the albatross are especially enjoyable as they cruise in to see what you are doing, and their nesting areas and the Monk seals which can often be seen sunning themselves on the sand dunes at the far end of the northwest point of land. Off shore you will see Humpback whales during the winter and spring months. If the waves are not too high you can spend a considerable amount of time in the tide pools observing the many sea creatures. Remember, do not get close to the wildlife; stay at least 50 feet and preferably 100 feet from them. Most are endangered species and they need to be protected and not disturbed.

Thank pgrogger
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