Ka'ena Point State Park
Ka'ena Point State Park
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At the very end of Mokuleia where the road dead-ends is Kaena Point State Park with its secluded sandy coves and huge wide-open spaces. The hiking trail follows a deeply rutted unpaved Jeep road with dozens of small seaward paths branching off to the ocean’s edge. If you opt to hike the full round-trip trek from Kaena Point to Yokohama Bay on the Leeward Coast, you’ll need roughly three hours, ample stamina, plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks, body cover and your camera.
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  • angarone
    Hamilton, New Jersey177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pure joy.
    The < 1 hour suggestion is ridiculous. We went a total of 5.78 miles and spent well over two hours. The waves were fabulous. We hiked all the way to the end and watched the sunset. We saw a monk seal and dozens of albatross. After sundown the stars fill the night sky. Rarely have I seen so many stars. There is no light pollution. The hike is flat and easy.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 January 2024
  • traveling_mandy
    Texas129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views for all ages
    This was a new trail for us. We followed the coastal trail down to the point and took the road back to the parking lot. We arrived at the gate right at 7am and had two other cars join us shortly thereafter. No seals, but the views are spectacular and the albatross birds were so fun to watch. They waddle when they walk, and we saw several couples doing a mating dance. We brought water shoes and cautiously waded in the tide pools at the point, where we could see both sides of the island. Just beautiful. Bring lots of water and know that there’s NO shade after 8am when the sun popped up over the mountains. Saw ages 2-70 on the trail. The watch clocked 6.2 miles for the round trip.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Y2599VRjane
    Durham, North Carolina5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great wildlife viewing!
    The highlight of this hike was seeing nesting albatrosses and monk seals. The hike is relatively easy with nice views along the coast the whole way. I had to go about 5.5 miles round trip to see the animals, but there's no real elevation change. It did get hot in the sun so recommend going in the morning.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 March 2024
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Y2599VRjane
Durham, NC5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The highlight of this hike was seeing nesting albatrosses and monk seals. The hike is relatively easy with nice views along the coast the whole way. I had to go about 5.5 miles round trip to see the animals, but there's no real elevation change. It did get hot in the sun so recommend going in the morning.
Written 6 March 2024
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traveling_mandy
Texas129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This was a new trail for us. We followed the coastal trail down to the point and took the road back to the parking lot. We arrived at the gate right at 7am and had two other cars join us shortly thereafter. No seals, but the views are spectacular and the albatross birds were so fun to watch. They waddle when they walk, and we saw several couples doing a mating dance. We brought water shoes and cautiously waded in the tide pools at the point, where we could see both sides of the island. Just beautiful. Bring lots of water and know that there’s NO shade after 8am when the sun popped up over the mountains. Saw ages 2-70 on the trail. The watch clocked 6.2 miles for the round trip.
Written 6 January 2024
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angarone
Hamilton, NJ177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The < 1 hour suggestion is ridiculous. We went a total of 5.78 miles and spent well over two hours. The waves were fabulous. We hiked all the way to the end and watched the sunset. We saw a monk seal and dozens of albatross. After sundown the stars fill the night sky. Rarely have I seen so many stars. There is no light pollution. The hike is flat and easy.
Written 1 January 2024
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Travelwife
Tennessee69 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We parked & hiked on the North side. When I got out of our Jeep there was window glass everywhere. We did not have our windows broken into, but obviously someone before us did. It was hot & the hike to the point was long. We only saw 1 seal, which was disappointing, but happy I saw at least 1. We saw it about 1/4 mile from the parking lot. I wish we had turned around there. At the end, we saw nesting Albatross which was cool. I wish anyone could drive along the road & not just locals. I don't really think it was worth the hike all the way to the end. It would have been better to drive to the end. If I had to do it again, I would have parked & walked around near the parking the lot & not have gone to the point.
Written 7 July 2023
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Sean C
Haleiwa, HI1,543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
You need to be a HI resident and obtain permit to be able to access this park. Great area for 4X4 access, hikes, and private secluded beaches. You can see whales breaching (in season), sea turtles, dolphins, and plenty of seabirds. Great place to hit the beaches for the day without anyone around you.
Written 9 January 2023
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lmiller808
Island of Hawaii, HI140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
We arrived later than we wanted, around 9am, but there was a nice steady breeze. Bring lots of cold water and sunscreen!!! We hiked from the Waianae side to the point and back. It's a much easier walk due to the path being rocks and dirt instead of shifting sand (on the Haleiwa side). The last part of the hike had a slight landslide, so the trail was narrow and tricky. Wear closed toed shoes and you're fine. We saw about a dozen albatross, and one monk seal.
Written 18 November 2022
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Mike F
Antigo, WI396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Beautiful place. Came here for a couple hours with grandparents and my 4 and 5yo. We walked and explored the tidepools which are very cool and all over. The view in every direction is amazing. We unfortunately did not see any seals and did not make it all the way to the point, but definitely a place to return to!
Written 18 August 2022
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ITRT
Virginia44,690 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Ka’ena Point State Park is a remote coastline park that overs hiking, picnicking, fishing and sea glass searching. It wraps around the northwest corner of Oahu and has two sections: the Keawa’ula Section on the west side and the Mokuleia on the north shore. There is no way to drive from one section to the other. We visited the Mokuleia section. A marked trail will take you to the westernmost point of Oahu is Kaena Point. Ka’ena means “the heat” and was named after the brother of Pele, the goddess of volcanoes and fire. According to legend, this is the place where souls of ancient Hawaiians would jump off in the spirit world to unite with their ancestors. The hike is 2.7 miles one-way along a volcanic coast with tide pools. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Written 7 May 2022
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Carrie0693
Madison, AL1,916 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Decided to hike from the end of North Shore this time and it was different and amazing. If I did it again I'd rent a 4wheeler. I felt safe and I'm a 50yr old woman who is not in the best of shape. I got to see seals and turtles both times I hiked. If I go again I'd bring my family here. There were so many private beaches that you'd have all to yourself and when I made it to the gates of Ka'ena Point I got to see the birds. Saw much more on the hike along the shore than inside gates but I got my exercise.

Tips for State of Hawaii - you need bathrooms. Everyone is having to use the potty the other way and wow in some areas the heat makes you smell it bad.

Glad I wore hiking shoes and brought plenty of water. I read reviews and glad I did. I made sure to have ice cold water waiting for me inside my car.

Take ur time and make sure you hike along the shore. The turtles and seals love this area and it's NOT crowded at all. It's like the LOCAL hangout.
Written 28 April 2022
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Alaina T
19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
This hike was very well worth it. You get to see some outrageous views! It takes about two hours to walk to the point taking the coastal trail. It’s very beautiful and it may take you less time if you don’t stop every few minutes to catch the views (like we did) but I definitely recommend that you do!! Wear hiking shoes and bring water and a light jacket. Wear sunscreen. WE SAW MONK SEALS (3 of them) 🦭🦭🦭. The walk back was brutal on us because we don’t hike often so that two mile journey back to the parking lot was hard. But it was worth it in the end.
Written 20 April 2022
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