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Ka'ena Point Trail (from South) is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Waialua, Oahu, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and canoeing and is accessible year-round.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 442 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Beach Views Wildlife Bugs Muddy Rocky Washed out No shade No dogs
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Note: As of September 2020, the road leading to the hiking trail remains closed so you must park along the road leading up to Yokohama Bay. This will add apprx. 2.2km/1 mile to the hike out to the nature reserve at the midway point of the hike & on return to your vehicle where you can either walk along the beach or on the paved road until you reach the trail head. Be careful leaving valuables in your car. Bathrooms located at the Waianae side, back up at the beach east of Mokuleia's parking lot.

Be careful leaving valuables in your car - this is a high theft area!!!! Parking is at the two beaches on each side; North Shore's Mokuleia (http://alltrails.com/trail/us/hawaii/kaena-point-north-access) and Waianae's Yokohama Bay. Parking is on gravel or lightly paved surface. If towed, expect to pay 250 dollar off-road fee from tow company. Bathrooms located at the Waianae side, back up at the beach some mile east of Mokuleia's parking lot.

Parking is at the two beaches on each side; North Shore's Mokuleia (http://alltrails.com/trail/us/hawaii/kaena-point-north-access) and Waianae's Yokohama Bay. Parking is on gravel or lightly paved surface. If towed, expect to pay $250 off-road fee from tow company.

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Isa M
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HikingGreat!No shade

Great place to catch the sunset or observe wildlife! Bring headlamps if you are hiking close to or for sunset. The trail is pretty flat, but long and hot. Wear sunscreen since there is basically no shade. I usually drink 20oz of water on easy hikes and I drank 2 liters of water and one Gatorade the last time I went. Please do not approach monk seals or nesting birds. Invest in a telephoto camera lens if you really want a closer look at the animals there. Currently, the road is closed by Yokohama Bay so we ended up walking a total of 8 miles (we also walked around the end exploring wildlife for a while). Lots of tide pools to cool off in along the way.

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Yevgeniya Perederey
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Hiking

Secluded beach with some sand dunes, koi ponds and big waves. Fantastic place.

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Matthew Maneha
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Hiking

Watched the sunset. Amazing views

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Michael Pacheco Jr
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RunningGreat!
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Victoria Parris
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Samantha Mclean
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HikingNo shade

Trail is exactly as Van Trans describes accurately on a review below. Road leading to the hiking trail remains closed so must park along the road leading up to Yokohama Bay atm. This adds around 2.2km/1 mile to the hike out to the nature reserve at the midway point of the hike & on return to your vehicle where you can either walk along the beach or on the paved road until you reach the trail head. As described, this trail is almost completely flat and there is no shade during the heat of the day so would recommend either starting early in the morning or 3pm onwards (if you’re a moderate to fast walker/hiked & can complete the approx 7 mile hike before sunset & don’t wish to spend a lot of time searching for/watching Monk Seals). The trail is heavily travelled so during the current ‘solo hiking’ COVID restrictions, was a much safer hike than some of the Peak hikes to complete alone. That said, bar 2 other hikers passed on the trail, the majority were bigger groups not practicing social distancing & not putting on a mask when coming close/passing others on the trail so if you have underlying health conditions, you may want to bear this in mind. That said, there are plenty of areas to stop to enjoy the views/watch the wildlife in the nature reserve where you can keep your distance. Would not recommend starting this hike during the middle of the day on a hot, minimal cloud day during these hotter months as I did, while you will get the nice breezes once you reach the reserve, with the lack of wind & shade on the way out in the heat of the day, even if keeping well hydrated & wearing sufficient sunscreen, if wanting to stop along the route to take in the views, could reduce enjoyment of the hike on the way out with the sun beating down on you with the humidity, even if a seasoned hiker/climber. Nonetheless, was a great little gem of a hike & would definitely recommend it to anyone, including those with children old enough to enjoy a hike of this distance with the reward of potentially finding Monk Seals beaching or playing in the waters both in the Nature réserve (and on the beaches near sunset in my case on the way back). Spotted 3 Monk Seals, 2 playing in the tide pools in the reserve & 1 beaching on an empty stretch of sandy beach nr sunset on the way back. Bring binoculars if you want to be able to zoom in on seals playing in the waters or watch them on the beach while keeping the safe & recommended distance to protect these beautiful & endangered mammals. You may also be able to spot some of the local Albatrosses along your journeys. Enjoy your hike & don’t forget water & sunscreen!

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Tracy Williams
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Hiking

Nice flat tail. Be careful if you have trouble with balance.

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Courtney Ahearn
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Really great hike, some fantastic views from the Point

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Maggie Vinson
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van tran
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HikingNo shade

expect to park on the road outside of yokohama bay due to covid-19 restrictions, which will put your total distance at 7 miles starting and ending at yokohama entrance. expect a sunny, flat hike with majestic ocean views, refreshing tide pools, fishing for lunch, followed by a walking tour of albatross and monk seal habitat at the midpoint. this path is level, and hikers do not have to compete with monster trucks and other lifted vehicles carving up the landscape under the guise of fishing and camping. bring lots of water, sun protection, and a swimsuit. may it an all day after by relaxing at serene yokohama bay after hiking

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Venice Dizon
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HikingNo shade

Great for people who dont like elevation

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Sarah Guganovic
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Hiking

Saw the sunset from here and it was beautiful! Easy walk, a little rocky (as in loose rocks) at times but plenty to see and easy to navigate - pretty much a straight line hike.

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Big Dan
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I'm interested in doing this hike as well as haiku stairs. dbgoodfella on IG or bdan870 on snap if interested.

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Jonathan Price
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HikingNo shade

Great views of the ocean, arches, tidal pools, monk seals, and albatross.

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Dakota Keller
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Hiking

Great low incline trail! Recommend bringing binoculars if you want a good look at the Albatrosse in the area. Be prepared for intense sunshine (bring sunscreen, a hat, anything to help shade yourself). It gets hot so bring cold water!

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Carla Moura
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Hiking

Soooo beautiful!

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Daniel Day
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HikingNo shade
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Julie Lang
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HikingNo shade

The road was closed (probably from COVID-19 stuff), so you have to park at the beach and walk up the road, making this a 7.54 mile round trip. Plan accordingly. Mostly flat walk along the shoreline. You continually have an ocean breeze, but no shade. There's a blowhole which is fun to watch about a third of the way from the beach. We went at the end of the day and there were lots of seabirds on the west side of the predator fence, which was spectacular! (but be sure that you have enough time to make it back to your car before they close the beach) There's one section of the path where there appears to be a 15+ foot gap in the path, but the trail sneaks around it on the side of the ridge: this is the only part where you have to deal with any steepness, but it's not challenging at all.

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Puanani C.
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HikingNo shade
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Joe B
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HikingNo shade

Great hike. Go early to get parking at entrance to park, which appears to still be closed. However, hikers still allowed to come in. A good, medium distance, non-technical hike. Totally sun exposed so plan accordingly.

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Puanani C.
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Emily Minton
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HikingNo shade
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Jacob Dillon
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HikingNo shade
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craig netzer
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HikingNo shade

It was just as awesome as two years ago. Slight sprinkle to start the day. Quite windy but still gorgeous. So tons of whales playing in the ocean and saw baby albatross chicks and three monk seals. The trail is flat so it is quite easy but the heat and distance apparently it makes it moderate.

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Rebecca Bahm
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MuddyNo shadeRocky

great hike! amazing views from start to finish. quite rocky, wish I had worn hiking shoes vs. tennis shoes. took me about 3 hours factoring in photo stops. saw whales, monk seals, albatross. rained a bit and was quite cold at the end. a rain jacket would be good to bring along. definitely a workout!

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