September 21, 2017

Pu`u Wa`awa`a-October 16, 2010

puu-waawaaKona Hiking Club will hike to the top of the Pu’u Wa’awa’a (many-furrowed hill) cinder cone located on state Department of Land and Natural Resources property, on Saturday, October 16. This is a challenging hike. From the summit on a clear day, a visitor may view a panorama of the ocean and five mountains. A DLNR coordinator for the area will be on hand to speak with our group regarding the area.

 

 

For more info about this very special area: http://www.puuwaawaa.org/

 

The Management Plan (under History & Management button) pages 15 & 16 is especially important to read.

We are hiking the trail that follows the 10K Run for the Dry Forest with an extension to the top of the pu`u. The trail is approximately 4.25 miles long and climbs 1,867 feet to the summit at 3,967 ft. for a total hike of 8.5 miles with a steep incline and decline.

The area is generally temperate at that elevation and has little shade, however, weather can vary and hikers should be prepared for rain as well as sun, carry at least two liters of water per person, wear closed-toed shoes (good hiking shoes are required as the trails are very rocky in several places), sun protection, and bring a snack or lunch. We will have our lunch/snack break at the top. Hiking sticks are recommended as well.

Because it has been so dry lately, we ask that hikers, so inclined, refrain from smoking. This is a dryland forest that the DLNR and many wonderful volunteers have worked hard to restore and it is suffering from severe drought.

Carpoolers will leave at 7:45 a.m. from the Lanihau Center in Kailua-Kona, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun and should park well away from the businesses. Others may meet at 8:30 a.m. at the main gate. The main gate is between the 21 and 22 mile markers on the mauka side of Mamalahoa Highway. After entering the main gate we will take the road to the right and park at the airstrip.

If you have any questions, please phone Kathleen 557-9246.

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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