I get out — but I don’t get out to the West Side of Oahu nearly enough.
So when some friends wanted to hike and bike around Kaena Point, the westernmost point on the island, I didn’t hesitate.
Kaena Point is nothing short of magical.
It’s one of the last intact dune ecosystems in the main Hawaiian Islands and home to a growing population of rare and endangered coastal plants and seabirds such as the Laysan albatross and wedge-tailed shearwaters. The Hawaiian green sea turtles and monk seals — both endangered — often rest along the shoreline here.
It’s also an area teeming with cultural sites and significance. Kaena Point was once known as leina a kauhane, the leaping place of souls, where the spirits of the recently dead could be reunited with their ancestors.
Because of its cultural and environmental importance, it has been designated as a natural area reserve (NAR). The Kaena Point Ecosystem Restoration Project was set up to protect, preserve and restore the native environment here, including installing a predator-proof fence, the first of its kind in Hawaii.
We spent a Sunday morning traversing this unique coastline. Here’s what our trek looked like:
awesome! is that pic you walking back? need a hat! also,they make these special scarf thingys that stay cool and keep you cool when in the blazing sun.Lot of triathletes wear um.
LOL @ pic #25 captioned “impressive view!” Tooting your own horn Cat? LOL!!!
Great photo essay of what looks like a nice place to spend the day. I’ll have to plan one there soon.
hehe….i was gonna say that, MMM. wasnt sure who it was. oh well, now that the cat is out of the bag…so to speak….i second it. or something.
Hello Cat, I use to camp at Kaena Point a lot on the Mokuleia side before it became restricted.
Love your reports about Oahu hiking and biking adventures.
Geez, I think I’d be more tired from the drive than the bike ride. 😆
Last time I went to Enfuego on Father’s day weekend it wasn’t that great. I got the tofu tuna patties which were undercooked and after waiting 20 minutes.