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Ka'ena Point Trail

O'ahu, Hawai'i

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  • Trailhead signs mark the start of the trail. No dogs allowed.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • The trail can be hot and dry, or muddy and riddled with puddles, depending on the recent weather.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • Looking south with sweeping views of the Waianae Coast.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • Swimming here can be dangerous due to strong surges and currents.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • The beaches are rocky and can have high surf.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • Ka'ena Point Trail winds around the coastline features with the water always in sight.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • A carrion flower in bloom!- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • The beaches are rocky and can have high surf.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • The trail is an unpaved four-wheel drive road that is washed out in many places.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • Basalt shorelines and the Waianae Coast.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • The tip of Ka'ena Point is fenced off to help protect the rare wildlife that can be seen here. No dogs allowed.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • Ka'ena Point can be home to thousands of nesting seabirds during the right seasons.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • The higher plateau of Pu'u Pueo and the Mokule'ia Forest Reserve.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • Rare Hawaiian monk seals can often be spotted on this remote coast.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • An artistic representation of the seabirds that use the tip of Ka'ena Point as nesting sites.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • Laysan albatross perched in the distance.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • Ka'ena Point.- Ka'ena Point Trail
  • The rugged coast along the trail to Ka'ena Point.- Ka'ena Point Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Remote. Tranquil. Rare wildlife.
Cons: 
Hot. No shade.
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Region:
O'ahu, HI
Congestion: 
Moderate
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Beach:
Pebbly Beach, Rocky Shore
Tide pools: 
Yes
Wildlife: Seabirds, Harbor Seals
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Ka'ena Point is the northwestern-most tip of the island of O'ahu where, according to ancient culture, souls leap as they leave this world. This roughly 5-mile out-and-back trail is relatively flat, following an old dirt road along the coastline. This trail offers little shade and can be extremely hot, especially during midday. (Ka'ena actually means "the heat.")

Access to the trailhead is at the terminus of Farrington Highway on the Waianae Coast, where a parking lot and signs mark the start of the trek. There is a second trailhead that can also be accessed from the North Shore side. Along the way, hikers can catch rare glimpses of Hawaiian monk seals, Laysan albatross, native Hawaiian plants, and, occasionally, whales in the distance.

Approximately 2 miles into the trail hikers will come across a predator-proof fence that was installed to protect nesting seabirds. The trail turns into a sandy path and begins heading down toward the water. At this point, you may hear the calls of nesting seabirds, such as albatross and shearwaters. At the end of the trail, be on the lookout for resting monk seals, which often bask on the small sandy beach. Monk seals are protected, and there are just over 1,000 left in the wild.

Large swell and strong currents make the waters off Ka'ena Point dangerous. Swimming or wading is not advised. Check local conditions before hiking, as the trail can be hot and sunny.

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