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Ka'ena Point, North Shore

Oahu, Hawaii, United States


No wonder the ancient Hawaiians believed that Ka'ena Point was the place where souls leapt into the afterlife. There is a mysterious feeling at Ka'ena Point. Huge mountains loom above you, the earth is stark and rocky, the wild ocean crashes on the rocks, and clouds linger above. It's a great feeling to be in nature in its most rugged form!
The hike here is moderately difficult, and some say it's the most beautiful and peaceful spot on Oahu! It takes two hours (five miles) each way, and you end at Ka'ena Point (same name) in Makaha! Half a mile in, the trail is not maintained and you have to scramble over rocks. After that, it's smoother sailing. You will see a sea arch, blowhole, and water swirling in rock pools. There are little parallel side trails that connect to the trail and take you closer to the ocean.
There's no shade so come early in the morning.
It's a lovely drive along Farrington Highway to Ka'ena Point past Mokuleia Beach, where you can see colorful kite surfers, and the Lost Set, which is at Camp Erdman and looks just like in the show! While on this side of the North Shore, check out the happening beach park with an awesome playground, Aweoweo Beach Park.

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Stopping along the hike to enjoy the ocean.

The trail is not shady but has good mountain views.

Pretty scene at Ka'ena Point.


This is an interactive map, you can zoom and move it.

From the North Shore, follow the signs to Mokuleia or Waialua. Follow Farrington Highway past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman. After that, you will come to Ka'ena Point State Park on your right. The parking lot is marked with a red tab on the map- click "satellite" to see it from the air. Notice the amazing mountain range in the satellite photo.
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