Hiking Ka’ena Point on Oahu
If you look at a map of Oahu, and find the westernmost point, you will see Ka’ena Point State Park.
We found this scenic, lovely, and remote slice of Hawaii to be deserted, quiet, and very picturesque. It was still early morning when we arrived at the trailhead, and as we got out of the car and started hiking, I literally felt my body start to relax.
“Now, this is the Hawaii I imagined when daydreaming about living in paradise,” I thought to myself.
One of the remarkable tidbits from this hike were the beautiful sand dunes that I hadn’t seen anywhere else on the island thus far. These coastal sand dunes are some of the last ones that exist on Oahu, and I found the contrasting colors — the sand, vegetation, the sky, and the water — to be quite breathtaking.
This area is known for the large albatross sanctuary and the monk seals that frequent the protected beach area. While we did see the albatrosses, we did not see any seals. The beach itself was gorgeous; note the smooth white rocks against the black lava tide pools.
This was a good hike for the little one to go on, too, as she likes sitting in her hiking backpack. This is a very warm hike, though, so make sure to pack lots of water and sunscreen. There isn’t any shade along this route, so if you start earlier in the day, it will be a bit cooler. It’s an out-and-back hike, totaling 2.7 miles each way (about 5 miles total round-trip).
Image credits: Map, Google Maps; other images, Jet Set With Mary