Ka'ena Point Via Farrington Hwy is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, mountain biking, and surfing and is accessible year-round.
Writing this review from a trail runner's perspective rather than a hiker. I had a great time running the north side Kaena point, it has lots of things to challenge you: Rolling hills, uneven rocky terrain, loose sand, hot scorching sun. I highly recommend running an hour before sunrise to beat the sun, otherwise you need to have sunscreen, shades, and a hat/visor to protect yourself. North side is definitely underrated.
If you do just the flat straight part, it pretty easy.
But be forewarned, it's a very hot hike.
If you find your way up the mountain to the old pillbox stuff, it can be worth it.
For some reason, all my mainlander friends want to take this hike.
My recommendation when to make this hike in the dead of winter when it gets below 90°.
I carry a travel umbrella to carry as a parasol on the way back as my brain slowly cooks.
If you have the wind to make it up the mountains, on a clear day you can see forever.
For most of the reviewers, they are correct that the 3 miles out to the bird sanctuary can be hot and boring - if you take the main trail and don't do the pillbox hike. Ha, bet most didn't know this. Full trail review with pictures here: https://mrwordpressor.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/trekking-hawaii-kaena-point-trail/
In a gist, the first part gets you to the bird sanctuary which is a relaxing and scenic hike where part two is up the side of the mountain (3 points of contact at some points) where there is an aquaduct, two pillboxes and more room for ridge exploration if you so choose. This is the most exciting part and is a straight 600 ft up. Don't fail to check it out if you already walked the 3 miles out!
Boring straight trail without any shade. Might be pretty if you walk next to the shore, otherwise it's a no. The end was beautiful though and if you're lucky you get to see some Hawaiian monk seals.
Boring if you love hiking! Okay for trail running really uneven terrain. Hot but nice distance in miles of work you can put in. I like the west side trail better then this if i'm comparing them. It was bleh for me. 2 stars because I could do over 5 miles round trip so it didn't make it feel like a complete waste haha. However I recommend for people who want to upgrade from Makapu'u Light house work out wise.
It was a nice long hike. we had our 2 kids. 3-walked and baby wore the 1 year old. it was pretty hot, but we made the mistake of going mid-day. The great thing is the beach is right there if you need to take a break and cool off.
-no shade, long flat hike. we didn't get to see any seals on our trip but seals are typically spotted.
As long as you can walk five miles, this is a breeze. The whole path is fairly flat and straight with terrain varying from hardened road to sand. Visit the Albatross sanctuary, also there may be monk seals depending on the time of year. Stay hydrated and bring a hat. If you start at the south side be aware of car break ins.
Easy walk with albatross, shear waters and monk seals
easy long walk but extremely muddy! there's a truck at the end that will take you back to the start if you don't want to walk back.
Quite easy, but also fairly long. Lots of good spots for stopping to rest and have a picnic or to jump into the water for a quick swim if it gets too hot. It was super muddy when we went and definitely could've used an extra pair of tennis shoes after it was all over because the mud was so thick. There was a pick up truck at the end of the trail to take you back to the start, but I'm not sure that's there everyday.
Nice long beach walk, but can be extremely muddy after it rains. Beautiful views of the mountain and beach, lots of nice spots to have a picnic.
Easy, but also super muddy after it rains. Pretty views of the mountain and beach, little spots you can go and swim if you get too hot. Nice long trail.
This hike is super hot since there is no cover from the sun, bring a lot of water. The hike is relatively easy since it is mostly flat. Getting to see hawaiian monk seals and arbatrosses was a great reward at the end.