Magazine article Sunset

Oahu's Last Undeveloped Shore; Waves, Wind, and a Gentle Walk at Kaena

Magazine article Sunset

Oahu's Last Undeveloped Shore; Waves, Wind, and a Gentle Walk at Kaena

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It's Oahu's farthest western shore. Think of the island as a ship, and Kaena Point as its prow, jaggedly parting the North Pacific. Long subject to the depredations of off-road vehicles, 12-acre Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve today is home only to waves and winds and albatross, and hikers making a 5-mile round-trip walk. The reserve accessible from west and north shores lies about 40 miles from Honolulu. To reach the west access, take Interstate H-1 west to its end at Farrington Highway and go 13 miles north to Makaha, then 7 miles to the road's end; park here. For north access, take Interstate H-1 west to Interstate H-2, turn north and go 7 miles, and follow state highways 99 and 803 north about 8 miles to Farrington Highway; go 8 miles west to the highway's end and park. (Lock your car; carry valuables with you.)

From both parking areas, routes run 21/2 miles to the point. The windier, northern path sidles along ocean coves worn from volcanic rock. …

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