September 21, 2017

New Moon Foundation, North Kohala-September 20, 2008

new-moonThe Kona Hiking Club will explore the beautiful newly opened trails at the New Moon Foundation in the north Kohala Mountains on Saturday, September 20. The hike will consist of two separate trails, the Pali Akamoa Trail, and the Upland Loop Trail, and an optional third trail, the Wainaia Gulch Trail. The hike distance is approximately 4.5 miles (plus 2 miles for the optional trail).

 

 

 

 

The New Moon Foundation is located at the old Bond Estate grounds and is reached by taking the Akoni Pule Highway (270) turnoff from the Highway 19 junction at Kawaihae. Continue through Hawi and Kapa’au. From the King Kamehameha statue it is 0.5 miles to Iole Road (also marked Bond Estate). Turn right and continue up the road until you see the New Moon Foundation buildings on the right. Turn in the driveway and park in the parking areas.

The hike will commence at 9 a.m., after signing of waivers. Please allow approximately 1 3/4 hours for the drive from the Kona area.

Hikers should wear closed toed shoes and be prepared for possible rain showers. Sun and mosquito protection are also recommended, along with two quarts of water and a sack lunch. A hiking stick may also be useful. Lunch will be enjoyed at the park near the car parking area, so food items may be left in the cars.

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at Lanihau Center and depart no later than 7:15 a.m. They should park well away from the businesses in the corner of the lot near Buns in the Sun. No club leader will be at the carpool parking area. Carpoolers are requested to contribute for gasoline costs.

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 direct them to this 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, which may include conditions such as mud, heat, cold, steep trails, rocky trails, high altitude, exceptionally long distances, etc. Mahalo for helping us keep everyone safe!

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