Kaena Point


The kids have been on school break Oct 7th through Oct 15. The first week was pretty chill since Aidan was in Taekwondo camp every morning.

Tuesday was the last day of fall break so I decided to take them hiking along the coast. We grabbed another family and headed for the Northwest tip of the island.
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Kaena Point State Wayside can be found at the end of farrington highway in both Waianae and Wailua. We started in Waialua. This rough and rugged coastline is home to Hawaiian Monk Seals, Albatross and many other species. It’s an important habitat for these endemic species so please be respectful if you chose to swim and do not approach the seals and do not touch and turtles you may see. Despite the fact that these seals appear cute and cuddly they can be quite defensive and could really hurt someone. It’s estimated currently that there are only about 1100 Hawaiian Monk Seals left in the wild with the numbers declining each year. Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are also considered a threatened species and are also protected. Though the number of Sea Turtles has increased in recent years the species has a long way to go to get back to a healthy population.

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We arrived at the “end of the road” where the pavement turns to a jeep trail and a weekend playground for island off road enthusiasts. We’ve done this in John’s Jeep but never on foot.  The first 2.5 miles of coastline has many tide pools, hidden beaches and snorkeling spots. Some of these tide pools are quite deep. We, however, were not dressed for swimming and the surf was too big. The waves were great to watch, though, even if we couldn’t swim. Beyond the gate is the bird sanctuary and the northwest tip of the island. Entry into the sanctuary is limited to hikers and bikers and they ask that you stay on the marked path so as not to disturb any nests for the Albatross or other birds. This hike is completely exposed and there is no shade. Bring plenty of water and comfortable walking shoes.

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Hidden Beach

The benefits to doing it on foot are, being able to stay closer to the coast, swim in the tide pools and hike into the bird sanctuary. The trek is a long one, about 6 miles but totally worth it. I have to give my kids major props for being a couple little troupers. I thought it was about 5 miles but I didn’t really plan very well. I planned for a half day trek not the entire day it turned out to be. We had plenty of water but could definitely have used some more food.

We enjoyed ourselves, splashing in puddles, being silly and expending massive amounts of child energy.  Mission Accomplished!  I hope you enjoy the pictures

North side Waianae Mountains

North side Waianae Mountains

Big surf

Big surf

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The gate entering the sanctuary

Similar to an Air Lock, you are asked to close one side before opening the other in order to avoid bringing any invasive species in with you

Similar to an Air Lock, you are asked to close one side before opening the other in order to avoid bringing any invasive species in with you

approaching the point

approaching the point

Some cool art work at the point

Some cool art work at the point

Hawaiian Monk Seal

Hawaiian Monk Seal

The West side of the Waianae Mountains

The West side of the Waianae Mountains

Getting a Piggy back to help him on his way.

Getting a Piggy back to help him on his way.

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