Ka'ena Point North

Waialua, Hawaii 96791

Ka'ena Point North

Ka'ena Point North Professional Guide

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"This walk follows a beautiful shoreline, with tide pools to explore and endangered species of Hawaiian flowers to examine along the way. From December to May you are almost guaranteed sightings of nesting albatross and migrating humpback whales.

You can sometimes spot rare Hawaiian monk seals on the rocks. There is no shade or water and it can be hot even with the sea breeze. Take lots of water and sunscreen."

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Hiking the Hawaiian Islands (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"Like the hike to Ka’ena Point from the south, this is an easy walk near a beautiful shoreline with tide pools to explore and endangered species of Hawaiian flowers to examine along the way. From December to May you are almost guaranteed sightings of nesting albatross and migrating humpback whales. You can sometimes spot rare Hawaiian monk seals on the rocks. This northern approach to the point is different from the southern one in that off-road vehicles can make it as far as the boundary of the protected area and have left a multitude of scars on the land. The Ka’ena Point Natural Area Reserve at the point is still unspoiled and well worth the trip." Read more
"Kaena Point is located at the arid west end of Oahu. The Waianae Range tapers to a point where the north and south shores merge, forming the remote peninsula. At the point, the twelve-acre Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve protrudes across the windswept dunes past a beacon. Huge waves from both shores crash against the lava rocks that band the point. Kaena Point can be approached from either the north or south shore. The two paths merge at the isolated point. This hike begins on the north shore." Read more

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5/30/2010
I've done this a few times from the north now, spending the afternoon and watching the sunset is the best way to enjoy the area. Aside from the nearly backpack full of trash it was amazing as always. Be sure to clean up after those who have no respect.
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5/21/2010
Nice and easy. This trail would be on top of my books for oahu trails. For its seculdedness and beauty you can't substitute for anything else. Bit of advice, don't wear flip-flops if you want to see the awsomeness of the shore lines in most areas.
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11/10/2009
I've done this trail numerous times from the North. Mostly by mountainbike. Excellent view and breeze throughout. Approx. 1 hr to reach Kaena Pi. beach to rest and see Monk seals sleeping. South side path currently washed out 1/2 mile from beach.
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5/13/2008
To your left are beautiful cliffs of lush plants and birds. On your right is the ocean with a few wonderful coves if you bring your snorkeling gear along. We saw sea slugs, tiny fish and plants that we hadn't seen before. Bring along an extra trashbag if you have the inclination to pick up what the weekend warriors leave behind.
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Trail Information

Waialua
Nearby City
5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
All year
Season
Ka 'ena Point State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Ka'ena
Local Maps

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Dec 2018