Off Roading Kaena Point O’ahu

Planning a vacation to Hawaii? Where to go off roading on Oahu. Off roading Kaena Point Oahu Hawaii

Before our trip to Hawai’i we made the agonizing decision of which car to rent. Ben was pretty eager to get a Tesla (why are there so many available in Hawai’i?), but I thought it would be better to get something more practical. We settled on a 2016 Jeep Wrangler. It could become a convertible so we could enjoy the sun, and it’s rugged to handle off roading. We love jeeping around.

Well, unexpected torrential rain but a stop in our plans to play with our new toy. It put a stop to most of our plans, actually, but Ben has a way of making lemonade!

Where to go

We decided to drive toward Kaena Point, the western most point on the island of O’ahu, just in case some off roading tracks were still accessible. We drove Highway until it abruptly ended at a makeshift parking lot for the Kaena Point hiking trail and, thankfully, an off roading track.

Kaena Point Off Roading Map

Off roading Kaena Point Oahu 

Pink truck drives over mud hill off roading kaena point Oahu


Off roading Kaena Point Oahu is known as one of the best spots on the island to go in the rain. It’s a narrow area where the foothills meet the ocean, which create fun slick rock and muddy hills to play around on.

By the time we got there 5 or so other trucks were already driving loops, and a few hikers were getting drenched watching the masters work. These trucks were incredible!

I’ve never been a Monster Truck sort of girl, but I found myself jealous of the souped-up Jeeps and flatbed trucks that were dancing under temporary lakes and over steep hills. They had tires that grazed the deep divots with ease, and suspension you could practically see!

Trucks Off roading Kaena Point Oahu

Not only was it fun to watch them destroy the obstacles in their paths, we also watched the community they must belong to.  At different points trucks would pull over to talk and discuss the best techniques for getting over a rough patch, respectfully give each other space to play a certain area, and even ban together to help a fellow truck who found himself stuck.

I like that.


Jumping In

Trucks drive over mud hill off roading Kaena Point Oahua

Ben was understandably nervous to join in the carousal at first. As much as we love driving trails, we weren’t sure how deep the water was in areas or the clearance we would have over certain rocks. We rented our Jeep from a guy named Nick, his first time using Touro to rent out his car, and we didn’t want to be responsible for breaking the thing. I mean, Nick seems like a nice guy.

After careful consideration and watching the pros attack the makeshift playground Ben had charted the best course of action for us.

So we jumped (drove?) in.

At first Ben was a little timid. We went over some easy spots then parked aside to watch the other trucks from different angles. Man, were they talented. Eventually Ben got a little more brave, and even started to seek out the help of fellow drivers. Some really nice guys (all locals) were generous enough to give us some tips on our Jeep and where we’d be safe to drive it. I guess interest and bravery count more than residency to be part of this crew!

Final thoughts

White truck parked at the ocean off roading Kaena Point Oahu

This was such a fun thing to do! We were brought here because our one day to relax under the sun was ruined, but I’m so glad about the way things turned out. I was bummed for a while to not be able to lounge on the sand, but when our Jeep started bouncing around it’s like my cares started to fly around, too. Thank you, gravity! Works on stress and weighted objects.

It’s always fun to do something unusual and fun, but one of the best things about this activity was feeling like a local.

We live for things that are off the beaten path, devoid of tourists, and feel authentic. That’s what we found today.

Interested in more fun things to do in Hawaii? Consider a night dive with manta rays, cliff jumping at south point, or hiking the world-famous Kalalau Trail! 


Planning a vacation in Hawaii? Off roading like a local at Kaena Point Oahu Hawaii. Things to do in Hawaii



  • Leigh

    This looks like SO much fun! Similar to driving on the sand dunes in Dubai! It’s exhilarating!

  • Bryan Carey

    I love it! I like reading travel blog posts, but far too many of them deal with the popular and ordinary tourist activities. This post is something most people wouldn’t even think about doing, but that is evidently a lot of fun!

  • Anissa

    Sounds like it was truly exciting! I’m trying to force myself to try new things this year especially things that I would normally turn my noise up at. I’m glad you enjoyed your adventure!

  • Nicole

    I can’t believe you got rained out!! But I love how you turned bad luck into good luck. I’ve never been into the off roading myself, but wow does it sound like you had fun. Isn’t great when you find groups that are so inclusive? I found that with mountain biking – people just want to help the newbies. Great post!!

  • Sonja of Montecristo Travels

    This was a great read! We plan on going to Hawaii – it takes a bot longer to plan a trip when travelling with a dog like we do. There is a work around the quarantine!. BUT it will be worth it and I think we will HAVE to save this post in our binder so we don’t forget this!

  • Victoria - The tall wanderer

    Wow – this looks awesome! That is not the weather I would expect in Hawaii though. Glad you were still able to have a good time in the rain. Fingers crossed I’ll get to Hawaii one day.

  • Michelle

    I have never been to Hawaii but this looks like such fun! Going mudding was actually something that I did as a teenager in Texas whenever we were on the backroads missing our curfew. It was such a “country” thing to do — I actually had no idea that it was a thing elsewhere in the world.

    Thanks for sharing! x


  • Luci

    I so want to go to Hawaii. It is so beautiful. I would so do everything that you listed, I so love to do the mantra night dive.

  • Kamapala Chukwuka

    wow, this looks so exciting! You guys must have had a thrill! Planning a trip to Hawaii in December, who knows might up here 🙂 Loved reading this

  • Mimi

    It looks like a lot of fun! I’m glad you had fun dipite the weather 😀

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Too bad you didn’t get your sun, but it *is* fun to do something unusual and out of the ordinary! Good for you for finding the lemonade!

  • Msddah

    Sounds like a very fun and out of the box thing (for me at least) to do. Knowing myself, I probably would be scared but I will still enjoy it! Great post!

  • Paula@ I'm Busy Being Awesome

    Oh my gosh – I don’t think it get more fun than this! What a terrific experience (and memory!) with your family. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Toni

    This looks like so much fun! I, too, would be a bit nervous about how deep the water is!!

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