THE KALALAU TRAIL OF NAPALI COAST STATE WILDERNESS PARK ON KAUAI IS CLOSED.
Kaʻena Point Trail
3/9/18 - Ka‘ena Point, Mokuleia Section, will reopen to vehicle access this coming Saturday (March 10) at 8am. Recent heavy rains left some of the muddier and more ponded areas along the upper road susceptible to increased degradation. We wanted these to dry out before they became even more rutted and torn-up by vehicles and thus more difficult and costly to repair at some point.
Although access is resuming, several particularly rutted and wet sections of the upper road will be closed to vehicle use. Markers are being installed to designate closed sections. Signs will direct drivers to loop roads to bypass these closed sections. Access will be possible along the length of the park.
Please respect these closures. Vehicle use in these sections, especially any mud-bogging or intentional degradation of the designated road for sport, will only delay road recovery and potentially extend closure periods in the future. Ka‘ena Point is not a designated off-road vehicle recreational area. These activities make roads dangerous and use of the park more difficult for everyone.
|Trail Length||3.5 miles|
|Park Name||Kaʻena Point State Park|
The trail to Ka‘ena Point follows an old railroad bed and former dirt road that ran along the westernmost point of O‘ahu. The trail leads to Ka‘ena Point Natural Area Reserve, a remote and scenic protected area harboring some of the last vestiges of coastal sand dune habitat on the island, and home to native plants and seabirds. Whales frequent this shoreline during the winter months.
The weather is usually sunny and hot, and it can be windy – a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water are recommended. Allow 1 to 3 hours depending on your pace. Stay away from the wave-exposed coast unless you are familiar with hazardous ocean conditions.
A hike to Ka‘ena Point can take two routes. From the Wai‘anae side, take the trailhead at the end of the paved road in the Keawaula Section of Ka‘ena Point State Park and follow the dirt roadway for 2.4 miles to Ka‘ena Point Natural Area Reserve. This route follows the shoreline on your left (southwest), characterized by boulder beaches and occasional tidepools, while cliffs rise above you on your right (northeast). Midway along the trail are a pair of small blowholes. In places the old road has eroded completely.
From the Mokule‘ia side, park at the end of the paved road and follow the dirt roadway for 2.5 miles. The trail traverses a broad, relatively flat coastal plain marked by a raised limestone reef and sand dunes. Upon reaching the Natural Area Reserve, please take care to avoid damaging native flora and watch for nesting seabirds, some of whom make burrow nests. A navigational light is visible at the point. Stay on established paths. No dogs or other animals are allowed in the Reserve. To return, retrace your path.
If you use the Wai‘anae route from Honolulu, take the H1 freeway west, it will eventually turn into Farrington Highway (Route 93). Farrington Highway will become a two lane road at it’s northern end, and terminates at Ka‘ena Point State Park. If you use the Mokule‘ia route, take H-2 to Kaukonahua Road (Route 803) to Farrington Highway (Route 930) past Waialua and go about 1 mile past Camp Erdman. The trailhead on either side of Ka‘ena Point begins where the paved road ends and a rough 4-wheel drive road begins.
- Stay on the trail.
- NO ANIMALS ALLOWED IN PARK OR KA‘ENA POINT NATURAL AREA RESERVE EXCEPT SERVICE ANIMALS.
- DOGS HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY DAMAGING WITHIN KA‘ENA POINT NATURAL AREA RESERVE.
- Pack out at least what you pack in.
- No open fires.