November 22, 2017

Waikoloa Petroglyphs/Mauna Lani-December 16, 2017

The Kona Hiking Club will do a loop hike from Waikoloa Petroglphs to Mauna Lani and back to Anaehoomalu Bay on Saturday, December 18. The hike will be about 8 miles round trip, over hilly and uneven rocky terrain, sandy beach and golf cart paths.

Near the beginning of the ~4 mile section of the Kings Trail portion of the hike we will view a large petroglyph field.

After nerging with the Kalahuipuaa Historical Park trail there will be two options for swimming at Mauna Lani, one in a Queen’s Bath and the other at the beach.

We will take time to enjoy the water and some snacks before continuing along the hot shoreline/coastline back to Anaehoomalu Bay.  There are showers at Anaehoomalu Bay. Those who are interested can join us at Lava Lava or another restaurant in the area for lunch.


It’s important to have shoes that can handle the lava rock portion of the hike.  

We will meet at the Queen’s Marketplace near Starbucks at 8:00 am. Carpoolers can meet at Lanihau Shopping Center near Daylight Mind. Please park away from the businesses. While there is no charge for carpooling, anyone doing so is encouraged to chip in for gasoline. A hike leader will not be at this location unless requested.  Arrive and prepare to leave by 7:00 am.

The weather is typically hot and sunny, although rainy weather though rare is possible as well. Hikers should wear closed toed shoes, carry hiking sticks and bring at least two liters of water, snacks, and sunscreen.

For additional information, contact Kathleen Johnson 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!

Liability Waiver

*Prior to each hike, all participants are required to sign the following waiver:

“I understand that the areas that the Kona Hiking Club will be visiting today can be dangerous on account of natural conditions or the activities or negligence of man. I realize that the hike organizers are untrained volunteers, and have no expertise in navigation, first aid, rescue, or dealing with emergency situations, beyond that of the average hiker. Therefore, I assume full responsibility for my own safety. I acknowledge that the hike organizers, property owners, and lessees are not liable should I sustain injury, death, or property damage, whether caused by gross negligence or accident.”  Also, I acknowledge that participating in this hike does not necessarily give me permission to hike this area at leisure without the club.

Hiking Checklist

Day Hiking Checklist

Note: This list is intentionally extensive. Not every person will carry every item on every day hike.

Helpful Pre-hike Hints:

  • Check that shoes soles are fully intact before hike
  • Clip toenails straight across and short

The Ten Essentials (for safety, survival and basic comfort)

1. Navigation

  •   Map (with protective case)
  •   Matches or lighter
  •   Compass
  •   GPS (optional)

2. Sun protection

  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses

3. Insulation

  • Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat(see Clothing)

4. Illumination

  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Extra batteries

5. First-aid supplies

  • First-aid kit
  • (see our First-aid checklist- below)

6. Fire

  • Waterproof container
  • Fire starter (for emergency survival fire)

7. Repair kit and tools

  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Duct tape strips; repair items as needed

8. Nutrition

  • Extra day’s supply of food

9. Hydration

  • Water bottles or hydration system
  • Water filter or other treatment system
  • Electrolytes

10. Emergency shelter

  • Tent, tarp, bivy or reflective blanket


Beyond the Ten Essentials

  • Daypack
  • Multifunction watch with altimeter
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles
  • Insect repellent
  • Headnet
  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitation trowel
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Two-way radios
  • Cell or satellite phone
  • Energy food (bars, gels, chews, trail mix)
  • Energy beverages or drink mixes
  • Lunch
  • Utensils
  • Cups
  • Food for kids
  • _____________________ for kids
  • Route description or guidebook
  • Interpretive field guide(s)
  • Notepad or sketchpad with pen/pencil
  • Bag for collecting trash
  • Post-hike snacks, water, towel, clothing change
  • Trip itinerary left w/friend + under car seat






Warm weather clothing options

  • Wicking T-shirt
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts “or zip-off”
  • Long-sleeve shirt (for bugs, sun)
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Insulating fleece jacket or vest
  • Bandana or buff

Cool weather clothing options

  • Wicking long-sleeve T-shirt
  • Wicking long underwear
  • Hat, cap or headband (synthetic or wool)
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Insulating fleece jacket (or vest) and pants
  • Rain jacket (or soft shell and waterproof hat)
  • Rain pants (or soft-shell pants)






  • Boots or shoes suited to terrain
  • Gaiters
  • Socks (synthetic or wool)
  • Sandals (for river fording, trip home)



First-Aid Checklist

Basic Care: Prepackaged first-aid kits available at REI typically contain many of the following items:

Comprehensive Care: Carry all of the basic items listed above; add items below based on anticipated needs.

Note: The list below is intentionally extensive; rarely will a single kit include every item shown here.

Wound Coverings



  • Knife (or multitool with knife)
  • Paramedic shears (blunt-tip scissors)
  • Safety razor blade (or scalpel w/#15 or #12 blade)
  • Finger splint(s)
  • SAM splint(s)
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Standard oral thermometer
  • Low-reading (hypothermia) thermometer
  • Irrigation syringe with 18-gauge catheter
  • Magnifying glass
  • Small mirror
  • Medical/surgical gloves (nitrile preferred; avoid latex)
  • Triangular cravat bandage
  • Steel sewing needle with heavy-duty thread
  • Needle-nose pliers with wire cutter
  • Headlamp (preferred) or flashlight
  • Whistle (pealess preferred)
  • Duct tape (small roll)
  • Small notepad with waterproof pencil or pen
  • Medical waste bag (plus box for sharp items)
  • Waterproof container to hold supplies and meds
  • Emergency heat-reflecting blanket
  • ______________________

Personal Care, Other Items