Ka'ena Point State Park

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Kaena Point
Juggling In The Hawaiian Sunset
Most Northwestern Place on Oahu
Monk Seals Lounging in Cool Tide Pools
Kaena Point
Juggling In The Hawaiian Sunset
Most Northwestern Place on Oahu
Monk Seals Lounging in Cool Tide Pools
Kaena Point
Ancient Hawaiians believed their souls would leap into the spirit world from this lava shoreline on the western tip of Oahu. These days, people jump off here in gliders—soaking up views of the Waianae coast to the south, Mokuleia to the north—and the glorious denim-blue Pacific stretching from here to eternity. Take a 5.4-mile roundtrip hike, visiting the albatross sanctuary on Kaena's wild coastal acreage (free to visit). Keep an eye out for monk seals, one of the world's most endangered species, found only in Hawaii. Watch for their silvery-grey sausage shapes as they lounge on the beach, but give them space. Always retreat if a seal awakes, vocalizes, shies away or tries to shield a pup.
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Juggling In The Hawaiian Sunset
There is no better way to end the day than with a Hawaiian sunset on the north shore of Oahu.
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Most Northwestern Place on Oahu
The leeward side of Oahu does not get many tourists, but several trails are worth exploring. Kaena Point is the northwestern most corner of Oahu. There are two ways to access it. The first is by driving up the leeward side of the island to Kaena Point State Park. Following the coast to the north will lead hikers directly to this corner of Oahu and the bird sanctuary there. The second way is by driving from the north shore. Travelers drive as far as they can along the access road in Mokuleia State Park and then walk west along the coast until reaching the point. The hike is beautiful, and visitors may see whales breach if they are migrating. Pack water and some snacks. The hike can be hot and there are no facilities along the trail.
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Monk Seals Lounging in Cool Tide Pools
Hike north on the scenic unpaved portion of the Old Farrington Highway for a lovely view and an isolated beach. Follow the trail through Ka'ena Point State Park and Natural Area Reserve until you reach the far north west point of the island. The beautiful beach is covered with coral and volcanic rock, and the cool shallow pools will have you lounging like the seals. Be respectful of the wildlife, and make sure to take lots of water and a picnic!
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Kaena Point

Kaena Point, on the western tip of Oahu, is a sacred lava shoreline said to be where the souls of ancient Hawaiians would jump off into the spirit world. These days, people jump off here in powered gliders—or soar over in aerodynamically streamlined sailplanes, thanks to favorable prevailing winds. Up with the gods, you'll see the Waianae coast to the south, Mokuleia to the north—and the glorious denim-blue Pacific stretching from here to eternity.

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Waialua, HI 96791, United States
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