Ka'ena Point State Park
Ka'ena Point State Park
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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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  • angarone
    Hamilton, New Jersey177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pure joy.
    The < 1 hour suggestion is ridiculous. We went a total of 5.78 miles and spent well over two hours. The waves were fabulous. We hiked all the way to the end and watched the sunset. We saw a monk seal and dozens of albatross. After sundown the stars fill the night sky. Rarely have I seen so many stars. There is no light pollution. The hike is flat and easy.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 January 2024
  • traveling_mandy
    Texas129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views for all ages
    This was a new trail for us. We followed the coastal trail down to the point and took the road back to the parking lot. We arrived at the gate right at 7am and had two other cars join us shortly thereafter. No seals, but the views are spectacular and the albatross birds were so fun to watch. They waddle when they walk, and we saw several couples doing a mating dance. We brought water shoes and cautiously waded in the tide pools at the point, where we could see both sides of the island. Just beautiful. Bring lots of water and know that there’s NO shade after 8am when the sun popped up over the mountains. Saw ages 2-70 on the trail. The watch clocked 6.2 miles for the round trip.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Y2599VRjane
    Durham, North Carolina5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great wildlife viewing!
    The highlight of this hike was seeing nesting albatrosses and monk seals. The hike is relatively easy with nice views along the coast the whole way. I had to go about 5.5 miles round trip to see the animals, but there's no real elevation change. It did get hot in the sun so recommend going in the morning.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 March 2024
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Robert H
Centreville, VA215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
In addition to the beautiful beach, we did the 5.6 mile round trip hike from the beach to the point, timed to enjoy the sunset from the point. The scenery along the way was breathtaking and included sea arches and a blow hole that made a great sound. We saw albatross nesting area which was an amazing sight to see. We packed in dinner for a picnic at the point then washed the beautiful sunset. The hike back at dusk was no problem providing you bring flashlight. This is a must-do activity.
Written 12 March 2020
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traveling_mandy
Texas129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This was a new trail for us. We followed the coastal trail down to the point and took the road back to the parking lot. We arrived at the gate right at 7am and had two other cars join us shortly thereafter. No seals, but the views are spectacular and the albatross birds were so fun to watch. They waddle when they walk, and we saw several couples doing a mating dance. We brought water shoes and cautiously waded in the tide pools at the point, where we could see both sides of the island. Just beautiful. Bring lots of water and know that there’s NO shade after 8am when the sun popped up over the mountains. Saw ages 2-70 on the trail. The watch clocked 6.2 miles for the round trip.
Written 6 January 2024
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Alaina T
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
This hike was very well worth it. You get to see some outrageous views! It takes about two hours to walk to the point taking the coastal trail. It’s very beautiful and it may take you less time if you don’t stop every few minutes to catch the views (like we did) but I definitely recommend that you do!! Wear hiking shoes and bring water and a light jacket. Wear sunscreen. WE SAW MONK SEALS (3 of them) 🦭🦭🦭. The walk back was brutal on us because we don’t hike often so that two mile journey back to the parking lot was hard. But it was worth it in the end.
Written 20 April 2022
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Stephen N
New York City, NY1,551 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
We started our day a little later having hit Leonard's at 9:30 before making the hour or so drive from Waikiki. We approached from the Farrington Hwy side as Ka'ena has 2 different approaches. We hit the parking lot and started on a 2 hike to the Ka'ena point which is the westernmost point on Oahu. Many beautiful landscapes as we walked on mostly flat ground with the undulating mountain on the left and crashing waves on the right. We saw some interesting landscapes on the way, some old remnants of former rail bridges, lots of waves and stark nature. You eventually make it to a gogantic man made fence designed to keep predators out and to keep some native species of plants and animals inside safer. Walk another 25 minutes or so and you make it to the end with dead coral abound. At the point you see nothing but vlue skies ahead of you. We did get lucky enough to see a monk seal relaxing today and he peaked his head up every now and then and rolled around - like he knew everyone was taking his pic. Walk back too about an hour. We liked this hike a lot because you see a lot of beautiful scenery- do make sure to bring lots of water and snacks. We saw a family of older folks stay for a picnic lunch.
Written 8 November 2020
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Jen A
Seattle, WA41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed a relatively quiet sunset hike towards K point.

Passed couples on a photo shoot, a large family bumping along the path in their truck, and others seeming to settle in for a night on the beach. Definitely not for everyone - as someone defined this area as ‘not safe not safe not safe’ but we had no problems and appreciated being off the beaten path.
Written 13 March 2020
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Poodletoes
Dayton, OH531 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
First, this review is written about hiking the north side of the trail. One can access it from the south and both trails end at the "lighthouse" at the end of the point.
I would consider this a "must do" when visiting Oahu. No roads go here and there are no bathrooms. We parked where the Farrington Hwy dead ends into the decent sized parking lot. The road to the south trail is also called the Farrington Hwy, Confusing, I know. I guess it is the same road but there is a big gap where the road does not meet up. Anyway, we arrived at the parking lot at 9AM and had no trouble finding a place in the lot. The trail is well marked all along the way. BUT it is not 5 miles round trip as the guide books say, at least if you do it right. There is an old very rutted and rocky road you can hike on or you can walk on the beach. The signs point you to the beach route with occasional switches to higher ground. The beach trail is beautiful, why anyone would want to walk on the road is beyond me.
According to my mileage tracker, we walked 7 1/2 miles taking 4 1/2 hours, including time spent at the point. All along the path the scenery just smacks you in the face, it is so gorgeous with the ocean on the right and the Palis (cliffs ) on the left. You can see remains of the old railroad track that at one time went clear around the point. After a while, you come to a fenced area. You can enter here ( and should! ) It is the beginning of the nature preserve. A multitude of Laysan Albatross nest here. January, when we were here, we saw many of the ground nesting birds who mate for life. Further on at the point, we came to the prize! Many endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals were hauled out onto the rocks and beach. What a treat! We spent time here just watching the seals. I was so enchanted that I forgot to scan the ocean for Humpbacks which are also commonly seen out here in the proper months. The trip out is the way you came in. We thought we might take the road out for a quicker exit, but it was so bumpy and boring that we went back to the beach trail. Do this trail, even if you dont do the whole thing. I did it and I am 71.
Written 25 January 2020
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Carrie0693
Madison, AL1,975 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Decided to hike from the end of North Shore this time and it was different and amazing. If I did it again I'd rent a 4wheeler. I felt safe and I'm a 50yr old woman who is not in the best of shape. I got to see seals and turtles both times I hiked. If I go again I'd bring my family here. There were so many private beaches that you'd have all to yourself and when I made it to the gates of Ka'ena Point I got to see the birds. Saw much more on the hike along the shore than inside gates but I got my exercise.

Tips for State of Hawaii - you need bathrooms. Everyone is having to use the potty the other way and wow in some areas the heat makes you smell it bad.

Glad I wore hiking shoes and brought plenty of water. I read reviews and glad I did. I made sure to have ice cold water waiting for me inside my car.

Take ur time and make sure you hike along the shore. The turtles and seals love this area and it's NOT crowded at all. It's like the LOCAL hangout.
Written 28 April 2022
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This trail was the most beautiful of the ten or so hikes we did on the island of Oahu. It takes a long time purely because you are stopping along the way so many times to take pictures of the rock formations, cliffsides, etc...

At the end there is a wildlife sanctuary beyond a gate. Definitely go exploring there but don't be that person that doesn't respect the space of the animals. We encountered a nursing, highly endangered, monk seal!
Written 5 May 2021
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Marc N
Bartlesville, OK1,397 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Park at the trailhead and proceed past the mud holes to a great view 2.8 miles away. You will find a gate about half way to unlock. We saw several nesting birds- beautiful. Most of the walk is hard pan but watch out for rocks and slog thru the sand toward then end. Bottom line- it was worth the walk.
Written 22 February 2020
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Y2599VRjane
Durham, NC5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The highlight of this hike was seeing nesting albatrosses and monk seals. The hike is relatively easy with nice views along the coast the whole way. I had to go about 5.5 miles round trip to see the animals, but there's no real elevation change. It did get hot in the sun so recommend going in the morning.
Written 6 March 2024
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