July 23, 2017

New Moon Foundation, North Kohala-October 17, 2009

iole-bond-forestThe Kona Hiking Club will explore the beautiful newly opened Bond Forest Trail at the New Moon Foundation in the north Kohala Mountains on Saturday, October 17. This Bond Forest Trail hike is approximately 3.6 miles. The first half is a steady uphill climb (~400’ elevation gain) to the Bond Forest Trail which is a .8 mile uphill loop. An additional as yet unopened to the general public Upper Wainaia Gulch loop of approximately 1.5 miles will be offered for the hardy uphill hikers needing a bit more adventure.

 

 

 

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. See www.newmoonfoundation.org for more information.

The group size of this hike may be limited. Please phone Kathleen at 557-9246 to RSVP if you plan to join us.

The hike will commence promptly at 9 a.m., after signing of waivers. Please arrive by 8:30 for pre-hike announcements and signing of waivers for both the Kona Hiking Club and New Moon Foundation. 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. Hiking sticks 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 7:00 a.m. They should park well away from the businesses in the corner of the lot near Buns in the Sun. A club leader, Alice Walker (ph#938-1491), 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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