Hiking The Ka ena Point State Park
The 19th most popular hiking trail in Hawaii.
Saturday 9 July 2016 04:00 GMT
Northwest of Honolulu and north of Makaha on Oahu, the 800 acre Kaena Point State Park has a 2.7 mile one-way trek along a volcanic coast past tidal pools and stone arches. It rolls through sand dunes and along jagged cliffs of the coastline. There are brilliant sunsets from the point itself, near the lighthouse.
The park is located at the end of Farrinton Highway (SR930). The clearly marked route departs from the state park parking lot.
Here are some notes on adventuring in Hawaii. First, unlike mainland forests, the tropical island forests can grow very dense and can mask dropoffs. Plus, the trails can be very wet and slick most of the year (December to February is the main rainy season, but expect rain all year round). Stay on the trail to avoid disorientation. Second, speaking of disorientation, be aware that most Hawaiian topographic maps use the Old Hawaiian Datum. When trying to use the latitude/longitude from those maps with a GPS unit, you will think you are 0.4 miles south/southeast of where you really are. Kind of important in a dense jungle. Third, the bacteria Leptospirosis is found in the local waters and mud. It causes flu like symptoms within 2-20 days of contact, and can be fatal if not treated with antibiotics. Fourth, when hiking about, walking sticks can be very helpful for stablity in the slick conditions, for probing mud hole depths and clearing webs of the tiny crab spider.
Overall, Ka ena Point State Park is the 19th most popular hiking trail of all 45 hikes in Hawaii. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Ka ena Point State Park including Kahana Valley State Park, Haiku Trail, Mariners Ridge Trail - Kaluanui Ridge Trail, Diamond Head Crater Trail and Pali (Maunawili) Trail.