Ka'ena Point Trail - North Shore

4 stars from 2 reviews
Address 69-435 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 96791
Roughly 5 mile round trip hike to the point and back along Oahu's north shore.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity
• Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Kid Friendly
• Hiking: Length: 2-3 Miles • Hiking: Level: Easy
• Hiking: Nature Walk • Hiking: Out & Back Trail
• Sightseeing: Great Views • Sightseeing: Whale Watching
• Sightseeing: Wildlife

Matt Anderson's Take
The Ka'ena Point North Shore Hike starts in the Waialua area on the north shore of O'ahu and has you hiking west towards the Ka'ena Point Bird Sanctuary and then, should you keep going, you'll be on the west side of the island and heading south on the Ka'ena Point Trail - West Shore.

The north shore hike starts at the far west end of the Farrington Highway (930) right along the north shore (see our map pin point for parking and trailhead).

You'll walk west along the coast following one of 2-3 different paths along the way. We find that if it rained recently the paths closest to the ocean aren't as muddy as some of those closer to the mountains.

The hike is pretty easy and there aren't many elevation changes at all along the way. And while it's not too long, you will be walking over 2 miles before you get to the gate at the Ka'ena Point Bird Sanctuary and then further to get to the farthest point on the island. So expect to walk about 2.5 miles each way with a 5 mile round trip hike on your hands.

That by itself isn't too bad for most hikers but you have to keep in mind that it tends to get very, very hot over here. Your best bet is to hike as early as you possibly can so arrive when after the sun comes up so you aren't baking out here.

Also, bring a lot of water (a liter per person is wise) as you'll need it. The good news is that there is virtually no elevation changes on this hike. As with any hike, be sure to read Hiking Safety & Essentials before heading out and apply plenty of sunscreen on this one to Protect Yourself From Sunburn & Skin Cancer.

There is a gated preserve in the middle of the hike which you'll be able to go into near the end.

It's a great hike, but the heat can make it pretty rough at times. If the trail is muddy, things get pretty slippery in parts. The views along the way are amazing and, if it is the season, you might have a good chance at spotting whales along the way or near the point. Hawaiian Monk Seals sleeping on the beaches are also common sights along the way.

Be sure to read more about Hiking Safety & Essentials before you go.
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Joined: Feb 2013
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Fun and easy hike but it gets really hot, really fast. Go early for best results. The ocean views are nice, as they always tend to be, but the payoff is getting to the point. The bird sanctuary is something different to see and being at the point of the island is just neat.
Joined: Jul 2016
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This hike is HOT and windy most of the time, so make sure you bring plenty to drink to stay hydrated! There will be no shade along this hike! While it is hot and long-ish, it is not strenuous if you stay on the main path. If you get off the beaten path and explore more along the coast, you'll be doing more climbing and such that will make your total hike time longer. I do recommend checking out some of the coast--the tidepools and some of the hidden beach coves along the way. It's really neat to see the pillbox at the end and keep an eye out for monk seals basking on the rocks! They can be hard to spot because they blend right in!
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