An easy hike along an old railroad bed provides stunning views from the westernmost point of Oahu.


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The Ka'ena Point hiking trail is an easy scenic hike that follows the old railroad bed of the O'ahu Railway and Land Company along the westernmost point of O'ahu.

The trail leads to Ka'ena Point Natural Area Reserve, a protected area that harbors some of the last remnants of coastal sand dune habitat on the island, as well as native plants and seabirds.

The trail also offers spectacular views of the ocean, the coast, and the mountains.

The trail can be accessed from either the south (Wai'anae) side or the north (Mokule'ia) side of Ka'ena Point.

Both sides have parking lots at the end of Farrington Highway, where the paved road turns into a rough dirt road.

The trail begins where the dirt road starts and follows it for about a couple of miles to the Natural Area Reserve.

The trail is flat and wide, but it can be hot and dry, so bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

There is no shade on the trail, so avoid hiking during midday.

Along the way, you will enjoy views of the blue water and white sand beaches, as well as the rugged cliffs and green valleys.

You may also spot whales, dolphins, turtles, seals, and seabirds, such as albatrosses and shearwaters.

Upon reaching the Natural Area Reserve, you will see a fence with a gate that marks the boundary.

Please respect the rules and regulations of the reserve, such as staying on designated paths, not bringing any animals or plants, and not disturbing any wildlife or vegetation.

You will also see a lighthouse at the point that serves as a navigational aid. The Ka'ena Point hiking trail is a rewarding and enjoyable hike that showcases the natural beauty and diversity of O'ahu's west side.

Source: Kaʻena Point Trail. Division of State Parks | Kaʻena Point Trail - Hawaii. Ka'ena Point Trail | Hawaii Trails | TrailLink.