My absolute favorite hike located on West Oahu – Upper Makua Cave is a short 0.7-mile hike with stunning views of the West Oahu’s coastline and its vast mountain Range.
If you’re looking for a short and beautiful view of West Oahu’s coastline, the Kanaeana Cave (commonly referred to as Upper Makua Cave) is the hike to do! Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about the Makua Cave – how to get here, where to park, and everything in-between.
Kaneana Cave (Upper Makua Cave) Guide – Oahu
Length: 0.7 miles
Total time: 45-minutes
Best time to hike: Sunset
What to bring:
- Grippy Shoes
- Flashlight (for coming back down during sunset)
- Break-ins are common in this area. Make sure to bring all valuables with you and to park your car next to the speed limit sign (so it is visible throughout the hike).
- This hike is located on private property – it is considered trespassing and is illegal.
Located deep in West Oahu is Upper Makua Cave: an incredible 0.7-mile hike up to a hidden cave, that features a stunning viewpoint of the West Oahu’s coastline and its vast mountain range. Upper Makua Cave is one of my top 5 favorite hikes on the entire island because of how quick and incredible the views are both during the day and when the sun is setting. It takes approximately 20 minutes each way to hike, totaling 40-minutes out-and-back.
How do I get there and where should I park?
Insert into google maps “Kaneana Cave” and you will be brought to a parking lot on the left and a cave to the right. If you continue 100-feet past that, there will be a speed limit sign that we always park at because it allows us to see our car the throughout the duration of our hike. Right next to where the speed limit sign is, is where the start of the hike begins. Look for a lightly paved path leading up the mountain.
What path do I choose?
There will be two visible paths – one leading left and one leading right. We recommend keeping right the entire way up, as it is the fastest and easiest way we know.
How hard is the overall hike?
It’s not a hard hike at all! The heat and how loose the ground is will be the hardest part. Just watch your step, go slow, and it shouldn’t be too difficult. Please wear sunscreen and brings lots of water because this is the Leeward side of the island (very dry and hot).
Plan your hike up Upper Makua Cave accordingly – use this website to see when the sunsets in Oahu.
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Looking for more incredible hikes on Oahu? Check out our article on the 15 Best Hikes on Oahu!