Kaʻena Point Trail
4/13/18 - KA'ENA POINT STATE PARK IS REOPENED TO VEHICLE ACCESS AS OF TODAY (FRIDAY 4/13). PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY, AND PERMITTEES ARE REQUIRED TO RESPECT DETOURS AND DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY TO AVOID CAUSING FURTHER DAMAGE TO SATURATED PARK ROADS.
There are several particularly rutted and wet sections where significant ponding has occurred and still remains.
When vehicle access resumes:
• Markers are in place to designate that these sections are closed to vehicle use.
• Signs will direct drivers to loop roads to bypass these closed sections. Access will be possible along the length of the park.
• THIS PARK IS NOT A 4 WHEEL DRIVE RECREATION AREA! The reason there is significant ponding and the access road being closed when wet is partially due to 4-wheel drive enthusiasts continuing to use the muddy areas for abusive vehicle recreation, creating the conditions that form the ponds and rutted sections.
• While there are other sensitive road sections that are still drying out – vehicle users are expected to be sensitive and conscientious to gain coastal access and traverse to the end of the road.
Continued aggressive vehicle recreational use potentially extends closure periods in the future. Ka‘ena Point is not a designated off-road vehicle recreational area – vehicle use is managed for transiting the roads for coastal access and to get to the point at the end of the access roads. Staff will be present to monitor behavior.
Enjoy the park and please drive responsibly.
|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.