Ka'ena Point South

Waialua, Hawaii

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Don’t miss this one. It is an easy walk on a stunning shoreline, with possible sightings of nesting albatross, rare monk seals, and even whales. There are endangered species of native Hawaiian flowers, tide pools, and blowholes. The hike begins at the foot of the cliff, upon which squats a white object that looks like Paul Bunyan’s golf ball (actually one of the domes of the nearby military satellite tracking station). The hillside mauka (toward the mountain) is mostly covered with koa haole and other dry scrubby plants. Makai (toward the sea) is one of the most wild and wonderful shorelines ever. Clear turquoise water breaks into waves that thrash the rugged black lava cliffs.

Ka'ena Point South Professional Review and Guide

"Don’t miss this one. It is an easy walk on a stunning shoreline, with possible sightings of nesting albatross, rare monk seals, and even whales. There are endangered species of native Hawaiian flowers, tide pools, and blowholes.

The hike begins at the foot of the cliff, upon which squats a
white object that looks like Paul Bunyan’s golf ball (actually
one of the domes of the nearby military satellite tracking
station). The hillside mauka (toward the mountain) is mostly
covered with koa haole and other dry scrubby plants. Makai
(toward the sea) is one of the most wild and wonderful
shorelines ever. Clear turquoise water breaks into waves that
thrash the rugged black lava cliffs."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Waialua
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Ka 'ena Point State Park
Local Maps: USGS Ka'ena
Driving Directions: Directions to Ka'ena Point South

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May 2018