6 things you don’t want to miss at Kahana State Park
At Kahana Bay State Park you can camp, surf, kayak, hike, relax at the beach, and even paraglide! There are many parts of the park to explore.
Kayaking or paddle boarding up the river
This is one of the highlights of the Kahana State Park. A lot of people know about the beautiful ridge hiking nearby, but many people miss this hidden gem. This rainforest kayak adventure will take you up the Kahana valley on the slow moving river. There are several rope swings along the way. There is a tree you can jump into the water from the branches at the first rope swing. Check it out by way of kayak or paddle board. Active Oahu can set you up with what you need. Click here to reserve yours. Click here to learn more about kayaking and paddle boarding in the area.
The Huilua Fishpond
The Huilua Fishpond is a recognizable feature on the southeast side of the bay. It is presently under restoration according to the Division of Land and Natural Resources’ website. The pond is one of only six that still exists on Oahu. According to nps.org, Hawaiians were the only ancient Polynesian people to progress from tide-dependent fish trapping to controlled artificial fishponds, making their aquafarming the most advanced among the original peoples of the Pacific. This pond helped establish a sustainable food source, which in turn helped them prosper and thrive in their environment.
The mouth of the Kahana river is close to the fishpond.
Our favorite campsite is number 7. We were right next to the drainage canal which is a pretty feature. Be aware you are camping right along the highway. Traffic can keep light sleepers awake. I brought some earplugs and I slept fine.
After we set up our tent, we strung up our hammock since the tent was still a little too warm for us. There was a family camping next to us who had a couple lines cast out into the bay. Their young kids were having fun catching the little sand crabs in the dark with their flashlights. Eventually, one of the men checked their lines and reeled in a baby hammerhead shark! We were sitting in our hammock watching and astounded. This thing was about a foot long and it had the tiniest frown-faced mouth. They let us get a closer look at it before they set it free in the ocean.
A moderate 0.4 mile trail near the mouth of the bay. There is parking on the north side of the road before you turn the corner into Ka’a’awa. It is steep and can be very slippery when it rains. It offers a beautiful view of the bay and an interesting rock feature that looks like…you guessed it… a crouching lion.
A loop trail that goes into the Kahana Valley.
This hike is recommended for experienced hikers only. It connects to the Crouching Lion trail.
This 2.5 mile trail is a difficult hike that leads to the ridge on the north side of Kahana Bay. The initial incline is steep with loose gravel. There are parts where rockclimbing is required. Ropes and cables are on the cliffs for assistance but they might not be reliable. Be careful what you trust.