June 22, 2017

Kapanai’a Bay-May 17, 2008

kapanaia-lighthouseThe Kona Hiking Club will hike to the Kauhola Point Lighthouse and then on to Kapanai’a Bay on Saturday, May 17. This out-and-back shoreline hike will be approximately 7 or 8 miles round trip. Much of the trail is relatively level, but there are a few short stretches that are quite steep. There is ample shade. Swimming is usually not advised in this area. There are no lifeguards and no facilities in the areas we will visit.

 

 

 

 

The weather may be warm and windy, but also be prepared for rain, wind, or mud. Participants should carry 2 quarts of water, wear closed-toed shoes, and bring sunscreen and a snack or lunch. A hiking stick, lightweight jacket, and hat are also recommended.

Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate. There is no charge, although carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs. No pets are allowed.

Kailua area carpoolers should meet at Lanihau Center, in the corner of the parking lot near Buns-in-the-Sun. Please park well away from the businesses. Plan to arrive at 7:00 and depart no later than 7:15 a.m. Hike leaders may or may not be present at the carpool location.

Others may meet at 9 a.m. at the lighthouse parking area, about ½ mile makai of Highway 270 on Mill Road, also known as Old Halaula Mill Road.

Directions from Kailua-Kona: Take the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and Highway 270 north to Hawi. Continue on Highway 270 through Hawi and Kapa’au, to approximately the 24 ½ mile marker, and turn left on Mill Road. (There is no street sign, but there is an ATV business at this intersection. If you come to the Arakawa Store or the Middle School, you have gone too far.) Proceed ½ mile on Mill Road to the parking area. From there the road becomes a very narrow 4WD road which we will hike to the lighthouse and on to Kapanai’a Bay.

**** Photo courtesy of Brad Ballesteros — Mahalo! ****

 

PLEASE NOTE: All members are welcome to bring guests or pass on information about our hikes to other hikers. However, if you do so, PLEASE make sure that you direct them to the Kona Hiking Club website to review the hike announcement and description. We want to make sure that everyone is prepared for the specific hike we are doing that day, whether we’re facing mud, heat, cold, steep trails, rocky trails, high altitude, exceptionally long distances, etc. Mahalo for helping us keep everyone safe!

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