Ah yes, I finally made it to Ka’ena Point. I didn’t have a Hawai’i bucket list, but I knew I wanted to come here before we left the island. After sorting out our temporary living situation, we booked an AirBnb out in Waialua for a few days. Which gave us the chance to take a little stroll out to the most western point of `Oahu.
During our stay in Kailua and Wailua, we made a point to get some running in every day. I’m a sh*t runner on the islands because the heat and humidity get to me. There have been a lot of inclines on my running routes, so maybe there’s that.
A has gone mountain biking at Ka’ena Point and for some bright idea, I suggested that we run part of the trail out to the point. What was I thinking? We started at around 9am and I highly suggest heading out there a lot sooner than that. It gets blazing hot out there. I managed to do a mile and settled with walking the rest of the way. It’s so beautiful out here especially since it rained most of our stay in Waialua, it was clear and sunny. Perfect day for an adventure.
The terrain wasn’t all that bad to walk on, but we stuck with the dirt road, which a few jeeps passed us on the way out. I think the trek, roundtrip, was just a little under 6 miles. It’s quite the walk.
Ka’ena Point also serves as a nature reserve and bird sanctuary. And sometimes there are even Hawaiian Monk Seals catching some ZzZ, but it just wasn’t our luck this time to see them. However, I was pretty happy to see all the nesting Albatross, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one nor am I a huge bird fanatic. But the albatross is actually one of my family’s `aumakua (spiritual guardian), little fun fact for you.
This trek is definitely a scorcher so bring :
- a hat
- plenty of water
- maybe a snack or two
- comfortable shoes
- a camera, my phone was broken by then so thank goodness for the GoPro