July 23, 2017

Koai’a Tree Sanctuary in Kohala-November 21, 2015 -RSVP needed!

kona-from-kohala-lThe Kona Hiking Club will visit Koai’a Tree Sanctuary in Kohala on Saturday, November 21. The hike will be about 3 miles round trip, over hilly and uneven terrain. Part of the hike will be  a 3/4 mile nature trail and the rest an uphill/downhill walk in/along the stream bed.

150 years ago, instead of unending grassy pastures, a mesic (moist) forest blanketed the middle-elevation leeward slopes of Kohala Mountain. This unique koaiʻa-mamane-naio-ʻiliahi forest once covered more than 40,000 acres, and was home to one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in Hawaiʻi. What do we have left of this massive forest? A few scattered native trees, and a little 13-acre plot of forest. Yup, that is it. The direct result of the impacts of humans and their domestic animals.

Since about 1960, that 13 acres has been fenced and protected as the Koaiʻa Tree Sanctuary, under the care of the State DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Itʻs all that we have left, and Kohala Watershed Project is doing their best to care for it, to mālama both the ancient trees and the new growth.

It’s important to clean your shoes prior to the hike to avoid bringing in invasive seeds/weeds.  A boot brush will be available before the hike.

There is very limited parking area near the trail area, carpooling is recommended. Carpoolers can meet at Lanihau Shopping Center near Buns in the Sun. 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 be at this location. Arrive by 7:15 and prepare to leave by 7:30 am.  This should get us to the trailhead near 5mm on Kohala Mtn Rd around 9:00 am.

The weather on the mountain is somewhat unpredictable, so be prepared for rain, although sunny weather 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!

Kiholo Bay Service Project-Nature Conservancy-Oct 17, 2015-RSVP Now!

kiholo-bayKiholo-1cleanupRSVP required by

October 10 for this upcoming event on Saturday October 17-after Oct. 10 contact TNC directly:

Hope you can join us.

Kona Hiking Club is partnering with The Nature Conservancy for Ka Loko o Kīholo Restoration Work Day on Saturday, October 17th, 2015 for our annual Kona Hiking Club service project from 9:00am – 2:00pm

This is a special opportunity to access an area closed to the general public.

Swimming is allowed in the beautiful ponds after the project for those who want to renew their energy with a refreshing swim  🙂

To sign up please RSVP either by email konahikingclub@gmail.com or call me at 557-9246 to confirm you will be able to join us and to help TNC plan the best use of their resources for the day.

Scroll down for information about the project and what you need to bring with you.  Remember to check back here before the event for any changes or updates.

Hope to see you all soon!

 Kathleen

To contact TNC directly after October 10:

Rebecca Most
Marine Coordinator, Hawai`i Island
The Nature Conservancy
PO Box 241
Kailua-Kona, HI 96745

Cell 808-741-4584
rmost@tnc.org 
Please join The Nature Conservancy for a volunteer work day at Kīholo Fishpond. With your kokua, our Kona Hiking Club team we will be team putting down some wood chips and mulch to delineate the trail that goes around the fishpond. TNC’s efforts to clean up the fishponds will make space for native plants to thrive, reduce sediment inputs into the fishpond, and improve water quality for fish to grow.

Please RSVP (rmost@tnc.org) by Thursday October 15.
Feel free to share this invitation with friends and ohana.

Directions and details will be emailed the day before the event.
The gate will be open from 8:30am-9:00am, and from 2:00pm-2:30pm.

To get to Kiholo Bay take the unpaved public access road which is just south of the Scenic Overlook on the makai side between the 82mm & 83mm on Queen Ka’ahumanu highway.  Almost to the end of the road there will be a big iron gate on right where we will meet the TNC folks.

Potluck Lunch (12:00-1:00pm)
Drinks, Water & Rice will be provided

Please bring:
Hat/sunscreen/Bathing Suit
Hiking Boots/Tabis (Water Shoes)
Gloves
Protective Clothing
Water Bottle
Hand tools
Beach Chair

Kohana`iki shoreline and historic Mamalahoa Trail – December 19, 2015

SAM_1228On Saturday, December 19, 2015, the Kona Hiking Club will visit the Kohana`iki Beach Park and hike on historic trails in the vicinity.

This loop hike is about 5 miles total.  The route is mostly flat, with a few very short but rough ascents and descents.  Approximately half of it will be across a lava field on the Ala Mamalahoa (also referred to as Ala Loa, Ala Nui, or “King’s Trail”).  The trail is “improved”, but still consists entirely of uneven rock underfoot, and there is no shade.

The route then takes us briefly into the northern portion of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park on the Ala Nui Kaloko and the Ala Hele Po’e Kahiko, after which we will continue along the shoreline on the Ala Kahakai.  There will be some shade along the shoreline.  The walking surface there is mostly sand, with some paved portions.

Hikers need to be prepared for potentially hot, sunny weather, especially when we are traversing the Ala Mamalahoa. Wind, rain or overcast are also possible, but it is not likely to be cold.  Wear closed-toed shoes, bring sun protection, lunch or snack, and at least two liters of water per person.  Hiking sticks are highly recommended.

We will meet at 7:00 a.m. in the first public parking area at Kohana`iki Beach Park.  The road to Kohana`iki is on the makai side of Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway between Hulikoa Drive and NEHLA (OTEC).  Kohana`iki Drive is marked with white pylons on the makai side of the highway, and yellow pylons in the center of the highway.  If you are coming from town, you will need to go past it and turn around legally at NEHLA.

Follow Kohana’iki Drive (beach park public access road) about 1.2 miles out to the ocean.   As soon as you get to the water, there is a small guard shack on the left, and a public parking lot on the right.  This is our meeting point.

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at 6:15 a.m. at Lanihau Center, and should depart no later than 6:30 a.m.  Please park well away from the businesses in the corner of the parking lot near Buns in the Sun. A hike leader will not be present, so be prepared to organize your own carpool, if necessary.  Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate — there is no charge.  However, carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs.

An informative brochure about the plants, animals, historical, and cultural aspects of this area is available at: http://www.kohanaiki.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/KohanaikiNatureGuide.pdf

For further information, call Kathleen 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 this 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!

Honuaula Forest Reserve Makaula O’oma Tract – August 15, 2015

honuaula-makahiSaturday, August 15, 2015, the Kona Hiking Club will hike through Honuaula Forest Reserve Makaula O’oma Tract, a beautiful upland rainforest on Hualalai Mountain in Kaloko. The region is accessed via Kaloko Drive.

The hike will be about 3 miles total with an elevation change of about 750 ’. The surface is relatively good with some loose rocks and tree roots. The hike starts at Makahi Street, goes through Honuaula Forest Reserve and returns via “Jurassic Park Trail” to Makahi Street. This forest area does look much like something from the Jurassic times with its various ferns and other native vegetation. The occasional forest clouds rolling through and the singing birds make this a very special place.

Much restoration work has been done in this mesic forest by Tree Hawaii and volunteers to plant native trees and remove invasive species.

Hikers should meet at 7:30 am at the Makahi Street Trailhead off Kaloko Dr. Although, there is a sizeable parking area, carpooling is recommended. Carpoolers can meet at Lanihau Shopping Center near Buns in the Sun. 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 may or may not be at this location. Be prepared to organize your own carpool and leave by 7:10 am.

The weather on the mountain is somewhat unpredictable, so be prepared for rain, although sunny weather 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!

South Point Hike at Ka Lae-September 19, 2015

lua-o-palahemuThe Kona Hiking Club will visit the South Point area of Ka Lae on Saturday, September 19. The hike will be about 3 miles round trip, over mostly level terrain. Come learn some history of Ka`u and view Lua O Palahemu said of it that “If you haven’t seen Lua O Palahemu you haven’t seen Ka`u.”

Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate. There is no charge, although carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline. No pets are allowed.

The area is often hot and windy, and there is no shade along this trail. Participants must carry at least two liters of water per person. Closed-toed shoes, sun protection, lunch or snack, and a hiking stick are also recommended. If ocean conditions permit, for those adventurous cliff divers, diving may be possible at the lunch stop.

Carpoolers may meet at 7:15 a.m. at Keauhou Shopping Center, in the vicinity of Long’s Drugs. Please park well away from the businesses makai of Long’s Drugs. A second meeting point will be at Manuka State Park at 8:30 a.m which is located one hour south of Kailua-Kona, on the mauka side of the highway between the 81 and 82 mile markers.  From Manuka it takes about 30 minutes to reach the parking area near the South Point Cliff Diving area.  There will not be a hiker leader at either of these locations. Be prepared to organize you own carpool and arrive by 9:00 a.m.

For more information, please phone Kathleen 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!

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!

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park-May 16, 2015

kaloko-honokohau-hvnpKona Hiking Club will visit historic sites at Kaloko- Honokohau National Historic Park on Saturday, May 16. There are many interesting things to see including heiaus, house sites, a small ritual slide, fish ponds and a queen’s bath. Total RT walking distance is about 2.5 miles from the north end of Honokohau Harbor to the Kaloko Fishpond and back. There will be an opportunity for swimming and a picnic lunch.

Here are very informative and interesting NPS links. Please take the time to check it out and gain an understanding of how special this place is and why it is being preserved.

http://www.nps.gov/kaho/

http://www.nps.gov/kaho/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=124426

As the site states: The reason why the Hawaiians chose to settle here was, perhaps, a spiritual one, for there was a spirit. The Hawaiians felt its presence in every rock and tree, in the water and in the winds. Perhaps you too will experience this spirit on your visit to this National Historical Park.

Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate in this outing.

Participants should wear suitable shoes, hats, carry plenty of drinking water, a picnic lunch/snack, and swim gear. This can be a sunny, hot hike so be sure to use sunscreen/sun protection.

Carpoolers will leave at 8:30 a.m. from the Lanihau Center in Kailua-Kona, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun and should park well away from the businesses. There is no charge, but riders are encouraged to chip in for gas. Others may meet at 8:45 a.m. at the north side of the harbor across from Bite Me Fishing Restaurant.

If you have any questions, please phone 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 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. We typically hike rain or shine. However, if weather is severe, check the website for updates. Mahalo for helping us keep everyone safe!

Ka`u Forest Reserve Waterfall Hike-June 20, 2015-RSVP! -FULL-Will Wait List in Case of Cancellations

Ka`u WaterfallSaturday, June 20, 2015, the Kona Hiking Club will hike through Ka`u Forest Reserve to a waterfall in the beautiful upland rainforest on Mauna Loa.  RSVP required.  Limited to 20 hikers.  Priority will be given to those hikers volunteering to drive their 4WD.
The hike will be about 6 – 7  miles roundtrip with an elevation change of about 1200’. Starting elevation is 1800′. The surface is relatively good grassy jeep road that leads to a gauging station on the western branch of Hīlea Gulch.  To get to the waterfall overlook you will need to walk in the stream, so bring water shoes or wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet.

We will access the Ka`u Forest Reserve trailhead by way of a 4WD road above Na`alehu. The forest is a very important watershed for the Ka`u district.

Much work has been done in this mesic and wet forest by The Nature Conservancy within its four preserves to control high priority invasive species.

There are four native-dominated natural communities in the Ka‘ū Forest Reserve:

(1) Koa/‘Ōhi‘a Montane Mesic Forest

(2) Koa/‘Ōhi‘a Montane Wet Forest

(3) ‘Ōhi‘a Montane Wet Forest

(4) ‘Ōhi‘a Lowland Wet Forest

We will be hiking in the last two areas which abuts Nature Conservancy’s Kaiholena Unit.

The mesic and wet forests of the Ka‘ū region are home to at least 12 known species of rare plants and several native birds.

For more detailed info go to:

http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/napp/Kau%20LRMP%20FINAL-NARSC.pdf

Hikers should meet at 9:00 am at the Punalu`u Bakery in Na`alehu and we will 4WD convoy from there. There is a very limited parking area at the trailhead so we will try to fit hikers in as few 4WD/AWD vehicles as possible. Please contact us if you can provide a 4WD or AWD high clearance vehicle to transport hikers to the trailhead. Kona carpoolers can meet at Lanihau Shopping Center near Buns in the Sun. 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 present at this location. Be prepared to organize your own carpool by 7:15 and leave by 7:30 AM.

The weather on the mountain is somewhat unpredictable, so be prepared for rain, although sunny weather is possible as well. Hikers should wear closed toed shoes, carry hiking sticks and bring at least two liters of water, snacks/lunch, and sunscreen.

Must RSVP to Kathleen Johnson at 557-9246 by evening of June 12, 2015.

 

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!

Punalu`u Black Sand Beach to Kawa Bay Hike-July 18, 2015

kawa3On Saturday, July 18, Kona Hiking club will hike from Punalu`u Black Sand Beach to Kawa Bay and then return back to Punalu`u.  Approximately 5 miles roundtrip.

The jet black sand on the Punalu`u beach (true black, not gray or salt-and-pepper) was created when the molten lava from Kilauea Volcano flowed into the cool sea causing the lava to break apart into tiny fragments that later washed up on the beach. Plenty of coconut palm trees provide shade and places to relax and enjoy this beautiful beach. One unique feature of Punalu`u is that the water is often a bit colder, and more exhilarating, than the average beach due to the freshwater springs in the area which bubble out of the ocean bottom near shore. The water then rises to the top since it is less dense than saltwater, forming a thin layer of ultra-cool water atop the sea.  Hawaiian green sea turtles are often seen at this beach.

 

At Kawa Bay, swimming, fishing and surfing are all popular in this spot. Fresh springs feed into the ocean, both from the inlet and the bay itself. Be aware at all times for sharks, which are known to enjoy areas where fresh water mixes with salt water.  The undeveloped shoreline at Kawa protects nesting areas for the critically endangered Hawaiian hawksbill turtle. The land includes the two-acre Ka’alaiki intertidal fishpond, estuary, and spring system-the second-largest on the island.

We will pass an ancient Hawaiian Ke’eku Heiau (luakini), one of the largest intact heiau in the region. (a protected historical site) located on the ridge just before we reach Kawa bay. Do not disturb the site nor move any of the stones in the area.  We will not enter into the heiau.

The Ka’ū District, in this area, is usually sunny and dry. Expect hot, beach-type conditions with relatively little shade. This area can, at times, be quite breezy.  Bring reef shoes for the stream and tidepool crossings or wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet.  Bring lunch or snacks to enjoy at Kawa Bay before we return to Punalu`u Beach.

Participants should wear suitable shoes (both for lava rock surface and water crossings), hats, hiking sticks,  carry 2 liters of drinking water, a picnic lunch/snack, and swim gear. This can be a sunny, hot hike so be sure to use sunscreen/sun protection.

Carpoolers will organize their own carpool (no hiking leader will be present) and will leave at 7:00 a.m. from the Lanihau Center in Kailua-Kona, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun and should park well away from the businesses. There is no charge, but riders are encouraged to chip in for gas. Others may meet at 8:30 a.m. at the main parking lot at Punalu`u.

If you have any questions, please phone 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 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. We typically hike rain or shine. However, if weather is severe, check the website for updates. Mahalo for helping us keep everyone safe!

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!