Ka'ena Point Trail - West Shore

Phone (808) 587-0300
4.5 stars from 3 reviews
Address 68-760 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792
Five mile round trip hike to the point and back along Oahu's west shore.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity
• Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 4-5 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Easy • Hiking: Nature Walk
• Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Great Views
• Sightseeing: Whale Watching • Sightseeing: Wildlife

Full Description
The Ka'ena Point hiking trail on Oahu's west shore starts at the north end of Keawa'ula Beach (Yokohama Beach). It's easy to find the trailhead and parking area as you just drive along the west coast until the road literally ends.

The trail isn't difficult and you'll be at the point in less than 2.5 miles which will land you at the Ka'ena Point Bird Sanctuary, but you'll still need to walk back which makes for a total round trip in the 4.5 to 5 mile range. When you read the point, you could head east and then you'll be on the Ka'ena Point Trail - North Shore trail which runs 2.5 miles to the west along Oahu's north shore.

Even then, this isn't a loop trail so if you walk the entire length of both trails and back again you can expect around 10 miles of hiking and a long, hot day.

The trails are fairly easy and don't have any real elevation changes in them but it gets really hot on this part of the island. Your best bet is to go as early as possible in the morning and hope for a bit of a breeze along the way. It's not a place you want to be in the afternoon, even in winter.

Regardless of when you go, bring a lot of water to drink as dehydration is very common out here. Be sure to read more about Hiking Safety & Essentials before you go.

Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 384
Likes Received: 14
This is a nice, easy hike that is very family friendly! We took the kids and there was very little complaining, but we didn't make it to the end. But it was a nice way to spend time with the family. There is very little shade so it got warm fast. Overall great "hike". Maybe next time we will go when the kids are in school.
Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
A really easy and good hike overall. Reaching the point is fun with amazing views all around but even if you just walk for a bit you'll see incredible ocean views the entire way. Gets really hot really fast here, even in winter, and there is almost no shade except for a tall bush here and there.
Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11148
Likes Received: 27
Ka'ena Point State Park received an overall rating of 4.5 stars from several dozen reviews.
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