February 18, 2018

Mauna Kea- Pu`u Huluhulu/Lake Wai`au-September 16, 2012

lake-waiauThe Kona Hiking Club will be hiking on Mauna Kea on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Due to the DLNR Natural Preserve Area Management restricting the size of each group the Lake Wai`au group portion is limited to 20 hikers. The Pu`u Huhuhulu portion is unlimited.





We will be hiking at elevations between 10,000’ and 13,796’; therefore, when calling to make a reservation you will be supplied with the recommended restrictions and requirements for hiking at high elevations. We sincerely hope that anyone unable to satisfy these requirements will not make a reservation leaving the openings available for other eligible people desiring to make the hike.

Carpoolers should meet at 6:45am at Lanihau Shopping Center parking lot in Kailua-Kona near Buns in the Sun. From there we will depart at 7:00am. It will take approximately 1-1/2 hrs. to reach Pu`u Huluhulu (across from Mauna Kea Access Road), so we should arrive there around 8:30am. Anyone not wishing to carpool should be there by that time. We will hike/acclimatize at Pu`u Huluhulu for about 1 hour, maybe two depending on the group’s desire. See link: http://www.instanthawaii.com/cgi-bin/hawaii?Hikes.hulu

From there, the 4WD hikers will drive to the Visitor Center where approximately 30 minutes will be spent to acclimate to the altitude before proceeding to the summit by car. Anyone feeling any adverse effects of the altitude at this time should not proceed but leave the mountain immediately.

We will then drive to the lower observatory Parking Lot 3, and follow the Humu’u Ula Trail (Mauna Kea Trail) out to Lake Wai’au at the 13,200’ elevation where there will also be an uphill climb and then down to the lake. See link: http://www.instanthawaii.com/cgi-bin/hawaii?Hikes.lake

Upon leaving the lake, we will return to Parking Lot 3, our final destination. Drivers with passengers interested in hiking to the summit and back can drive to the upper observatory parking lot. There is a short steep downhill and then a longer steep uphill trail to the actual summit. The round trip can be done in 30 to 45 minutes. It is recommended that everyone hike at a slower than usual pace. The hiking surface in all areas is primarily loose, small a’a lava and gravel.

If you wish to attend, those with 4WD vehicles will be given preference. For carpooling at Lanihau phone Alice Walker at 322-6481 or 938-1491. For reservations, call Kathleen at 557-9246.

All hikers should be prepared for windy and cool weather, with temperatures possibly being in the 40s. Bring at least two liters of water per person, wear closed-toe shoes or hiking boots, sun protection and a snack or lunch. A hiking stick is also recommended


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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