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Kaena Point State Recreation Area

  • 69-385 Farrington Hwy. Map It
  • Waialua
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

The name means "the heat" and, indeed, this windy barren coast lacks both shade and freshwater (or any man-made amenities). Pack water, wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, don sunscreen and a hat, and lock the car. The hike is along a rutted dirt road, mostly flat and nearly 3 miles long, ending in a rocky, sandy headland. It is here that Hawaiians believed the souls of the dead met with their family gods, and, if judged worthy to enter the afterlife, leapt off into eternal darkness at Leinaakauane, just south of the point. In summer and at low tide, the small coves offer bountiful shelling; in winter, don't venture near the water. Rare native plants dot the landscape and seabirds nest here. If you're lucky, you might spot seals sunbathing on the rocks. From November through March, watch for humpbacks, spouting and breaching. Binoculars and a camera are highly recommended.

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69-385 Farrington Hwy., Waialua, Hawaii, 96791, USA

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Published 01/10/2017


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