For many visitors, the words North Shore conjure up images of mammoth-sized waves at Pipeline and Sunset Beach. But in addition to the wealth of perfect waves, the North Shore is almost home to some world class hiking as well. Just a short drive from Turtle Bay Resort stands the iconic Kaena Point, with numerous trails and hikes slither down the mountains. As a favorite weekend activity for both tourists and locals alike, no North Shore trip would be complete without spending an afternoon hiking the trails of Kaena Point. Here’s what you need to know before you get started:
About Kaena Point Hike: There are actually two places to begin your hike through Kaena point, from the island's west side via the town of Waianae, or through the town of Mokuleia on the North Shore. We recommend beginning on the North Shore for obvious reasons. The trail, which hugs the shoreline and is marked by sand dunes, crystal-clear tide pools, and a wealth of native fauna and birds, is also a nature preserve. The trails runs just about 3.5 miles.
What You Need to Know: Typically, the trail will take you about two to three hours if you're taking in the breathtaking surroundings. Given that the hike leans towards the island's leeward coast, things can get pretty hot. We recommend dousing yourself in sunscreen before setting out and brining lots of water.
We Talking Walk in the Park or Summiting Everest? While it's not the easiest hike on the island, it's very accessible and most adults will have no problem. Insider Tips: Keep an eye out for blow holes if the tides and swell are working together. Do NOT enter the blowhole. They're amazing, yes, but very dangerous. Watch from the safety of the trail. If you're lucky, you very well may see a Hawaiian monk seal bathing in the tide pools as well.
How to Get To Kaena Point: If you use the Waianae 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 its northern end, and terminates at Kaena Point State Park. If you use the Mokuleia 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 Kaena Point begins where the paved road ends and a rough 4-wheel drive road begins.