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Quick Facts
Hazards: Heavy surf
Lifeguard on Duty: Yes
Swimming Conditions: Dangerous Not recommended except during calmest conditions.

General Information

Description - Ka'ena Point State Park protects the relatively remote and wild coastal areas north and south of Ka'ena Point on O'ahu.

Attractions - This site preserves 779 acres of sand beaches, coastal dunes and volcanic formations. A five mile trail leads along the coast from Yokohama Bay to Ka'ena Point with tide pools, small natural stone arches nice views of Makua. The beaches also offer beautiful views of the coast and the most northwest point of O'ahu. There is a large sand beach at Keawa'ula but surfing and swimming is recommended for experts only except during calm conditions. Facilities include restrooms, showers and an on-duty lifeguard.

Recreation - Visitors to this state park can enjoy fishing, hiking and viewing coastal scenery. Board and body surfing is recommended for experts only due to underwater rocks and strong currents. Swimming should be attempted only when the water is extremely still which is normally during the summer months. Winter tends to bring the highest surf and most dangerous conditions.

Climate - The climate is pleasantly mild on O'ahu throughout the year. Temperatures vary annually between 60 and 90 degrees F. Summer temperatures range from 68 to 82 degrees F with the water usually near 80 degrees. Winter temperatures vary from 61 to 80 degrees F with the water temperature close to 77 degrees. More rainfall occurs during the winter than other seasons of the year and most of it falls on the northeastern or windward portion of the island.

Location - Ka'ena Point State Park is located on the leeward shore of O'ahu surrounding Ka'ena Point. The site is accessible from the western end of Farrington Highway.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Regina
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: My car and another womans car were vandalized and our things stolen while we were there. There is no public phone and no cell phone reception there. The bathrooms are horrible.

Filed By: Reed
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a nice level trail partly on old road, partly on old railbed, and you can follow it right around the point to the north shore. Take lots of water - its often hot. Plan on 3 -5 hours. Go on mtn bike if you want an easy time of it. The couple of washouts can be bypassed by carrying your bikes. Ka'ena point is the most remote place on Oahu, and you will feel it. Albatrosses nest there and the wind and water swirl around the point. Its beautiful and awe inspiring. Enjoy.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A lot of walking in sand, and on the rocks. Stay on the trail. If you make it to the point the view is beautiful. There is a wash out spot once around the point towards Waianae, but nothing major. Take plenty of water, sunscreen and a camera. Great place to whale watch during whale season, Nov-Apr. Have fun!!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Beach Activities Nice sandy beaches but entering water is dangerous except during calm conditions.
ICON Salt Water Fishing Shore fishing
ICON Hiking & Walking A 5-mile trail leads along the coast.
ICON Surfing Dangerous to enter water during times of high surf.
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Swimming recommended only during calm conditions, usually during summer months. Lifeguard on duty.
ICON Viewing Scenery Beautiful views of Makua.

More Information

Contact Information:
Oahu District, Hawaii State Parks, P.O. Box 621, 1151 Punchbowl Street, 131 , Honolulu, HI, 96809, Phone: 808-587-0300

Additional Information:
Hawaii Beaches -
Hawaii State Parks - Hawai'i's State Park System is comprised of 52 state parks encompassing nearly 25,000 acres on the 5 major islands.
O'ahu - O'ahu lies in the middle of the Hawaiian archipelago as the third largest island within the chain. Much of the eastern portion of the island is state forest reserve land and open for public use.
O'ahu State Parks - O'ahu's state parks protect a variety of natural and historic features that support many different activities. This island maintains more state-run facilities than any of the neighboring islands.


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