January 23, 2018

Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay-February 17, 2018–Must RSVP!

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, the Kona Hiking Club will visit the Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay. RSVP now, hike is limited to 20! The hike is about 4 mi. roundtrip in length with an additional 1-1/2 mi. oceanfront hike across raw pahoehoe lava for those who desire so.

The trail drops approximately 1,300′ from the trail head to the bay, so the return hike is obviously a long (hot) climb. For the primary portion of the hike, we will be on a jeep road which is part dirt and part small lava chunks.
The hike destination will be the monument and, although the shoreline is rocky, there is access to the bay for swimming and snorkeling. Hikers need to be prepared for potentially hot, sunny weather, especially on the strenuous return uphill climb; however, rain or overcast is always possible in the Capt. Cook area. Wear closed-toed shoes, bring hiking sticks, sun protection, lunch or snack, swim/snorkel gear, and at least two liters of water per person.

There will be a bonus hike for those who wish to enjoy an additional adventure on the journey back up the hill to the trailhead. Those wishing to participate must contact KHC for more info.

We will meet at 7:30 AM at the trailhead located 1/10th of a mi. south of Mamalahoa Hwy. on Napoopoo Rd. Since parking there is extremely limited, it is recommended that everyone carpool who possibly can. If driving yourself, please take extreme care in parking and walking to the trailhead as Napoopoo Rd. is quite narrow and heavily traveled.

A hike leader will be present the Kealakekua Ranch Center carpool location (This meeting location may change). We will meet in the Kealakekua Ranch Center upper parking lot (near Ace Hardware) at 7:00 a.m. and depart by 7:15 a.m. Contact Kathleen at # below. The Center is located on Mamalahoa Hwy. at the intersection of Kiloa Rd. between the 110 and 109 mile markers. Be prepared to either be a driver or a passenger. Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate — there is no charge.

For additional information, please phone Kathleen at 557-9246.
RSVP to konahikingclub@gmail.com

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 http://konahikingclub.com 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