Grab a group of friends, jump in a car & head north to Ka'ena Point to one of our favorite hikes. The beauty is surreal with the raw scenic coastline & the white foam of the ocean as it crashes against the most western tip of Oahu.
Hope you like nature & being outdoors... If you're lucky, you might even get to see Hawaiian monk seals basking under the sun in the nearby tidepools or coral sand.
There's two ways to Ka'ena Point: Waianae or North Shore.
We recommend going the North Shore route because the hike is slightly shorter, muddy potential low & you can satiate that hungry appetite after the long hike at nearby restaurants.
The hike is about two miles in with a slightly rocky terrain. Make sure to wear sunscreen as there's no shade or trees close by. Once you approach a sign describing the seabird sanctuary behind the gated door, you're there!
Ka'ena Point is a 59-acre protected nature reserve, home to native Hawaiian plants, birds & monk seals.
Have you seen beauty like this? It's spectacular!
Take your time strolling through the reserve, you'll soon see large seabirds soaring in the sky.
On either sides of the roped pathways are nesting grounds for fledglings, albatross and a few other colonies of seabirds.
Welcome to the most western tip of Oahu.
We hope you brought your camera, the view is amazing! You'll be surrounded by beauty from land to sea to sky. Powdery sand, lava rock tide pools and parcels of coral rock.
Look who's chilling out here? It's Puakai, a resident monkseal, snoozing under the Hawaiian sun. She's a cutie & was born in the Hawaiian islands.
We know she's cute but make sure you keep a distance from these protected mammals. By Federal law, you must be at least 50 yards away from this endangered specie. So give her a little privacy, eh?
We hope you enjoy the hike at Ka'ena Point, it's worth every minute.
Sunsets on the North Shore side are amazing!
Good job! Now that was a work out, go enjoy some good food on the North Shore!
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Stay hydrated - bring water
- Sunscreen, lots of 'em
- Relatively flat trail with rock inclines here & there.
- About two miles in & two miles out.
- 3 to 4 hours round-trip
- Park your car at the beach
- Don't leave any valuables in your car
- Bring some hand wipes because it'll get salty & dusty
- No restrooms
- Admission: Free
Kaena Nature Reserve: