February 18, 2018

Pu`u Kuili/Makalawena Hike-March 21, 2015

puu-kuili-makalawenaOn Saturday, March 21, the Kona Hiking Club will hike from Kua Bay/Manini`owali Beach and follow the coast and jeep trails south. On the way we will hike to the top of Pu`u Kuili cinder cone (342 ft) and then on to the beautiful white sand Makalawena Beach. The hike will be approximately 4+ miles in length (round trip) over some rough, but moderate elevation terrain.

Hikers will meet at 9:00 a.m. (gate opens at 9:00) at the Kua Bay parking lot. The road to Kua Bay is between the 89 & 88 mile markers across from the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Please park at the far end of the parking lot away from the restrooms.

Hikers should be prepared for rough terrain with potentially very hot conditions with little or no shade. Each person must carry at least 2 liters of water. Also recommended are sturdy boots, sun protection, lunch, swim gear, binoculars (whale season!) and hiking sticks.

Anyone wishing to carpool may meet at the Lanihau Shopping Center in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun at 8:15 am and depart by 8:30 am. Please park well away from the businesses. A hike leader will only be present upon request. Carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward the cost of gasoline.

Visitors and guests are invited and anyone choosing to attend should be provided with a copy of this hike description so they will know what to expect and be properly prepared. They should also be referred to the Club’s website (www.konahikingclub.com) for complete safety information.

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

PLEASE NOTE: All members are always 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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