Ka’ena Point Hike – State Park Trail In Oahu, Hawaii

The Ka’ena Point hike is a state park trail on the northwestern tip of Oahu, Hawaii.

This is a flat, family friendly trek along the coastline, ending with great views of the west coast and Pacific ocean, and lots of opportunities for wildlife sightings.

This guide will explain how you can get there, and everything you need to know before you go!
What To Expect

This is a straightforward out-and-back hike that’s flat all the way.

It’s a little long at 5 miles (8 km) round trip, but I’d still rate this an easy hike that can be very enjoyable for any fitness level. Allow 1 to 3 hours.

During the trek you’ll walk along the western coast of Oahu, passing by mountains, sand dunes, tide pools, and ocean blowholes, and ending at the Ka’ena Point Natural Area Reserve, a gated bird sanctuary.

At the point (and occasionally along the trail), you can spot rare seabirds, monk seals, whales, and dolphins. I counted half a dozen Hawaiian monk seals here in one hike!

Other Tips
  • This is the west coast, so it’s a great place to watch the sunset.
  • Bring sunscreen and water. The entire hike is hot and exposed.
  • Lock your car and do not leave anything valuable in it! This area has a lot of break-ins.
Fees

FREE as of 2020.
 

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How To Get There

The Ka’Ena Point hike is located on the northwestern tip of Oahu island, in Hawaii.

Sadly the Oahu bus doesn’t go here, so this is one of those places where your best bet is by car.

You can do the trek starting from Wai’anae on the west coast, or starting from Mokule’ia on the north shore. Both trails for this hike end in the same place on the western tip of Oahu.

I’ve done the hike from both directions, and I think the western (Wai’anae) route is more scenic and has more to see, because you can also see Keawaula Beach and the Makua Caves.

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