Ka'ena Point South

Waialua, Hawaii 96791

Ka'ena Point South

Ka'ena Point South Professional Guide

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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."

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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 humpback whales. There are endangered species of native Hawaiian flowers, tide pools, and blowholes. Your hike begins at the foot of the cliff upon which squats a white object that looks like Paul Bunyan’s golf ball—it’s actually one of the domes of the nearby military satellite tracking station. There is no sign or official trailhead here, just the end of the pavement. 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." Read more
"Kaena Point is a narrow peninsula at the westernmost tip of Oahu. The Waianae Range tapers to the point, ending at the remote twelve-acre Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve. The exposed reserve is covered with wind-swept dunes, a string of shoreline rocks, sparse vegetation and a beacon. The trail, an old rutted railroad route, parallels the level volcanic coastline, passing tidepools, sea caves, natural arches and blowholes. Kaena Point can be approached from both the south shore and north shore. The two paths merge at the isolated point. This hike begins at the arid south (leeward) shore at the end of the road." Read more

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3/30/2011
Really warm day, no wind on the trail until we reached the point. Great views of the rocky coast the entire trip. Saw a couple blow holes, one sounded like a sea lion, really cool. The point is a protected area, surrounded by a fence but hikers are able to enter. The fence is to protect nesting albatroses, hawaiian monk seal and some other bird. We saw all three on our trip, really enjoyed the lazy seals! Check the weather and choose the trail based on wind, there is an identical trail on the north side.
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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