The westernmost point on the island of Oahu, Ka'ena Point
is far removed from the towering hotels of Waikiki. Lacking any form of modern development, the area is a state park without any paved roads, facilities, or amenities. Heading west from Haleiwa Town
the highway literally ends at a gate with a rough dirt road and parking lot. A rocky shoreline makes the area great for tide pooling during the day, but be sure to exercise extreme caution when going in the water. Strong winds and currents make the water hazardous for even advanced swimmers, and there are NO LIFEGUARDS for miles.
The western part of Oahu is the oldest land on the island. Ancient Hawaiian folklore believes that there is an entrance to the next world for lost souls. Warrior spirits called Nightmarchers are said to frequent the area. Mysterious lights which look like torches are said to be seen "walking" along the mountain where it's too steep for a path. Sometimes, according to legend, you can hear the chanting and the drums of the warrior spirits as they march to past battle sites, or other sacred places. While some may say it's just a "legend," it is very important to respect the aspects of other cultures and they should be respected from afar.