Trail of the Month: Kaena Point Trail, Hawaii

If you're one of the lucky few folks that have made their way to the great state of Hawaii, your definition of paradise will never be the same. Lucky for us, we have just the trail for you to check out if you get to make your way back there or get to go there for the first time. Located on Oahu, Kaena Point Trail is a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Now let's learn a little bit more about this trail and its heavenly tides!

Name of the trail:
Kaena Point Trail

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

5.5 miles

Best time of year to go:
Summer if you like it dry, winter if you like to get muddy

Key Features:
Rock, dirt, reef, sand

Sea Level

Free yearly pass

Grid Coordinates:
21.5790 N, 158.2376 W

Tire Pressure Advice:
Condition dependent. Street pressure is usually fine.

Rig requirements: (Example, must be 4x4 with lift kit, or standard 4x4):
Standard 4x4 but a small lift helps

About the Ride:
Tell us about your favorite part of this trail and what time of year did you go?

​I love this trail because you can score good conditions year-round and there are plenty of different route options you can take. Since this trail is located at the tip of the island, bad weather just blows by lots of the time. This specific trip was in the spring.

Tell us about the trip in general, did you have any scary moments?

​This trip was nothing but good times! Took the main trail to the end then came back on a bunch of the side trails. Stopped at a little cove and went for a little swim in the ocean and ate some lunch… zero worries and zero complaints.

What was the coolest moment?

​The coolest moment is definitely seeing whales as you drive along the ocean trail. The benefits of driving it at this time of year.

Was there any gear you gained a new appreciation for based on this trip?
​This was my second time on this trail with my Cali Raised rock sliders and it feels great having that extra comfort knowing you are protected. It was also the first time I drove the trail with a front-facing camera which came in handy when going over some of the rocky sections.

Would you ever go back?
​Definitely, maybe even next weekend.

Anything else you want to share with us?
Follow all of the marked trails, leave the area cleaner than it was before you came, and be respectful. That way we can continue to enjoy it for many years to come.

What makes this a difficult or easy trail?
​In good conditions, this main trail is an easy one to have fun and relax on. It can get pretty rocky at some parts but nothing a lightly modified truck can’t handle. You always have the option to take some of the harder side trails if you want a challenge.

What keeps you Overlanding and off-roading?
The ability to find zones with no one else around. When you live on an island it can get pretty cramped, but it’s good to know you can still get away when you need to.

What’s your dream trail and why?
​I would love to get my truck to some of the other Hawaiian Islands for some exploration.

Would you recommend this trail to anyone or more experienced folks?
This trail is a great one for anyone to enjoy.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into Overlanding and off-roading?

​My name is Mackenzie Yoshida ( @surf_n_turf_taco ) and I am from the island of Oahu, Hawaii. I have spent lots of time traveling as a surfer and professional downhill skateboarder. While camping at skate races or surf spots I would always see people's truck camping setups and that’s what first sparked my interest for me.

While here at home, I wanted a vehicle that could hold all my essential gear and be able to access anywhere on the island whether it's secluded surf spots or hidden mountain roads. Once I got my Tacoma I’ve been fine-tuning it to be the best adventure mobile it can be. I keep telling myself I am satisfied with where the truck is at, but more parts keep showing up… I guess we all know how that goes!


  • Sweet! Overlanding Hawaii sounds amazing.

    Dave 03/30/2024 at 10:16 AM
  • very cool

    Greg 01/26/2024 at 02:29 PM
  • Sounds like a great adventure, don’t think I’ll be able to get my 23’ off road Taco to Hawaii. I don’t have a snorkel. LOL

    Tim 01/12/2024 at 03:01 PM
  • looks great

    Ryan A Hogan 11/30/2023 at 07:33 PM
  • Great article

    Mike 11/25/2023 at 09:37 PM
  • Beautiful trails

    William 06/27/2023 at 02:42 AM
  • Love the islands

    Andrew 03/13/2023 at 07:46 PM
  • Very nice!

    Jon 03/11/2023 at 09:13 PM
  • Nice description, will have to give it a shot next time I visit the islands.

    Bryan 03/10/2023 at 04:47 PM
  • Great information about trail.

    Tim 03/05/2023 at 10:31 PM
  • This is badass! Cool spot! Hawaii FTW👊🏽

    Matthew 02/24/2023 at 08:56 PM
  • I got to spend some time on Oahu’s North shore last year and gosh I was wishing I had my rig with me to do some exploring of trails

    Brandy 02/16/2023 at 10:04 AM
  • on my to do list next year!

    Ryan T 02/15/2023 at 12:43 AM
  • No problem to go here with a 4×2. Great views and lots of wildlife to see.

    Orlando 01/10/2023 at 02:33 AM
  • I use to work there while
    Stationed in HI

    Nic 01/06/2023 at 11:37 PM
  • I guess I would have to rent a 4runner there. Not sure my snorkle is big enough to drive there.

    Justin 01/06/2023 at 07:04 PM
  • Cali Raised is my go to for my Toyota, Respect.

    milton wright 12/24/2022 at 09:57 AM
  • Moving to Hawai’i soon and I am beyond stoked for all the outdoorsy things to do! Thanks for this article!

    Ian Denver 12/22/2022 at 01:24 PM
  • If I ever took a trip out to HI, would definitely rent a 4runner or Taco and take it on some trails.

    Zach 11/16/2022 at 10:09 AM
  • Hawaii is beautiful. I hope to take my Tacoma there one day

    moo 10/27/2022 at 01:20 PM

    JOSE SAUCEDO 10/11/2022 at 12:46 AM
  • Kaena Point is awesome! Had a friend lend me her 4Runner stock, no issues on this trail. We started from the west die and worked our way to North Shore. Wish we had our taco for this one!!

    Oscar 09/30/2022 at 11:11 PM
  • Dang that looks so cool. Would love to get on some trails like these with my 4×4!

    Bridger 09/27/2022 at 08:19 PM
  • Was on that island a few years ago. Beautiful.

    Cindy 08/25/2022 at 12:48 PM
  • Ughhh, this looks tooooo amazing. BRB, shipping my rig to the island to trek this, haha.

    Andrew 08/15/2022 at 03:49 PM