September 21, 2017

Pu`u Laau Road to Summit of Ahumoa-June 18, 2011

puu-ahumoaOn Saturday, June 18, the Kona Hiking Club will hike Puu Laau Road to the summit of Ahumoa. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. across the road from the Kilohana Hunter Station at the 43.5 mile marker just off Saddle Road (Hwy. 200). Cars may park on any unvegetated area adjacent to the road. Carpooling is encouraged. This hike is an easy to moderate (7042 elevation) 4 mile (round trip) hike on a 4-wheel drive road with some rough and deep ruts. The hike itself will take approximately 2+ hours.

 

 

Ahumoa is located on the southwest slope of Mauna Kea within the Kaohe Game Management area. Please take into consideration we will be entering a hunting area and stay on roads and dress appropriately in bright, colorful clothes. The road and trail pass through open Mamane-Naio-Niliahi native dry land forest. Common native forest birds and the endangered Palila (Hawaiian finch found no place else in the world aside from the upper slopes of Mauna Kea) may be sighted in the vicinity of the road. Walking around the summit of Ahumoa offers 360-degree views of Big Island, especially on a clear day.

Some interesting info: http://darkerview.com/darkview/index.php?/archives/2316-Riding-Ahumoa.html

http://books.google.com/books – Frommer’s Best Hiking Trips in Hawaii – Pu`u Ahumoa.

Dress appropriately: colorful attire, long pants/shirt, hiking boots recommended; sun protection, lunch/snacks, water (recommend 2 liters), binoculars for possible bird viewing and hiking stick will aid you on this hike. Although the hike is planned for an early start to avoid rain there is always a possibility of rain, so come prepared with appropriate rain gear.

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at Lanihau Center, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun, away from businesses. Although a Club leader will be at the carpooling area; carpoolers should meet at 6:45 a.m., help to organize themselves, and depart no later than 7:00 a.m.

For additional information, please phone Kathleen at 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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