February 18, 2018

Puako Boat Ramp north to Pu’ukohola Heiau-April 18, 2015 RSVP for shuttle

puako-puukoholaThe Kona Hiking Club will hike part of the Ala Kahakai Trail along the coast from Puako Boat Ramp north to Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Area on Saturday, April 18.



The hike will be approximately 4 miles in length one way. Although the hike is considered moderately easy, we will be hiking at medium to low tide over wet coral/lava and across some exposed red dirt jeep trails. Also, we will be hiking the beaches past many major resorts.

For more information about the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail: http://www.nps.gov/alka/parkmgmt/upload/ALKA_CMP_low-resolution.pdf

Hikers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Area parking lot. Take the Spencer Beach Park Road off Kawaihae Road and take the second right into the parking area. Alternate parking is at Spencer Beach Park, but meeting place is at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Area parking lot.

This will be a one way hike so be prepared to offer to be a shuttle vehicle or to transfer to another shuttle car to get to the Puako trailhead.

Hikers should be prepared for both hot and/or windy conditions. Each person should carry 1-2 liters of water. Also recommended are sturdy boots, sun protection, lunch, and a hiking stick. For those interested in swimming at Spencer Park remember to bring your swim gear. For more information on hikes and other activities go to www.konahikingclub.com.

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at 7:00 a.m. at Lanihau Center, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun, but well away from the businesses. A KHC leader/representative may not be present. Be prepared to offer your own car for carpool if necessary. Carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline. For carpool/hike info contact 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 Konahikingclub.com 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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