Kaena Point Trail
We had no trouble parking at the trail. There are even restrooms right next to the parking lot and I’m fairly certain there was a sign indicating the trailhead. We almost didn’t head out on this hike because of the forecasted rain, but James suggested we go ahead and try, and I’m so happy we did. Although the trail was muddy and puddled in spots, the skies were perfect the entire 5ish hours we were out there. And thankfully, there were many small hills closer to the coastline that you could climb to easily avoid the mud.
Immediately out of the gate, we were welcomed by this incredible sight. I think if we didn’t have the kids we would have been more adventurous and walked out onto the rocks. Or maybe that’s just the excuse we used…
In my head, I like to think I’m patient enough to only take photos facing in our walking direction so that I can save these shots for the way back. But I’m not patient at all. And the beauty is just too much not to try and capture. And I’m always curious about how successful the fishermen were.
And then you have my not-so-overprotective husband pretending to throw our youngest into the water. I don’t know how I didn’t have a heart attack while taking this photo.
This is one of the hills I mentioned that helps you avoid the mud. It’s better anyway to follow these short trails because you get closer to the water!
Another hiker stopped to take this picture for us. I sometimes like to have something other than the up-the-nose shots our children offer.
Wheweeeee. That’s a shot. I always think of which photos the kids will love when they grow old. Which ones will they personally want in an album to show their own children and grandchildren? I think this might be one.
She might be threatening to jump here.
Contemplation. Doesn’t this kid just SCREAM “surfer boy”?
This is a “I need to rest but I’m willing to give you a fake smile in exchange” photo.
Shady rest stop! On our way back, we chose this spot to have our snacks.
There was a little rough area where it appeared the trail had been washed out. And you had to climb up and around some steep-ish rocks. I should have gotten a picture, but I was a little too nervous about actually getting through it. But once we did, it wasn’t too long before we reached this fence. Many people drive Jeeps down this trail, but there’s no way to get actually to the point that way. If memory serves, this gate and fence is a rodent control measure? I’ll update if I find out otherwise. You open the door and go into a little middle area so you can close the gate behind you. Then you can proceed through the next door.
Walking on the point is pretty tedious as it’s all thick sand. And thick sand plus hiking shoes is not a great combo. But we did have a fun time searching for the nesting seabirds. You can see one in the middle of this photo.
Right along the path, there were plenty of holes indicating birds were nesting inside. You can’t quite see it, but there was one right in this particular hole. They didn’t seem to be too worried about the five of us parading past. They’re likely used to it.
Once we actually reached the rocky tip of the point, we were rewarded with three sunbathing Hawaiian monk seals. I can’t believe I didn’t grab out my 5D to get some better quality shots, but maybe we’ll see more next time.
Like the seabirds, they clearly were used to humans. Thankfully, all of the hikers were very respectful. No one was running around or making loud noises. We were just all appreciating the sights around us.
Then it was time to turn around and start hiking back through the sand.
We stopped to read the sign. (Shocker!) And I’m sure Audra was begging me to come on. It had taken us 3.5 hours just to reach the point, and we stood around for roughly another 30 minutes. She was ready to get the show on the road.
Aidan is big on getting way ahead when we are heading back. He’s ready to get home! This time, Austin joined him.
But then we had to stop for some silhouettes.
I’m so mad that I didn’t pull back and get a wide shot of this. It would’ve been fantastic.
Am I the only one that thinks this looks like a huge wave preparing to overtake the three? Yes? Okay.
Once we could see the beaches near the parking lot, we knew we were almost done. It only took us about an hour to return. Yay!
I cannot wait to go back and complete the full trail to see what it looks like on the north side. That may be something we do sans kids, but I’ll certainly keep you updated!