June 22, 2017

Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge Restoration Overnight Project at Mauna Kea, May 9-10 2015-Must RSVP!-CANCELLED!

Hawaii Akepa on OhiaVolunteer at Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge, May 9-10.

Kona Hiking Club is joining with Ellen Jacobs (EJ) in helping to restore this beautiful refuge.

Here’s a great opportunity to spend a weekend on the slopes of Mauna Kea, in the Hakalau Forest Reserve, working on a reforestation project. UPDATE! Prepare for wet and chilly weather.  Bring boots,rain gear, sun protection, warm clothes, gloves, binoculars, sleeping bag and daypack.  Fee for central commissary.

On Saturday, we’ll carpool (4WD preferred) to the reserve, sharing expenses, and work the remainder of the day on the reforestation project. We’ll spend the night in the cozy bunkhouse, with all the comforts of home (full kitchen, hot water, comfortable bunk beds).

Sunday is our day for birding and visiting in the reserve. Please contact E.J. at emjacobs2001@yahoo.com for more information.

Check out the Hakalau Refuge website:

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hakalau_forest/

 

Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay-February 21, 2015–Must RSVP!

capt-cook-markerOn Saturday, February 21, 2015, the Kona Hiking Club will visit the Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay. RSVP now, hike is limited to 20 hikers! 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 to do 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 warm, 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 youself, please take extreme care in parking and walking to the trailhead as Napoopoo Rd. is quite narrow and heavily traveled.

There will be two carpool locations for participants desiring to do so. A hike leader will be present the Kealakekua Ranch Center carpool location. One group will meet at 6:45 a.m. at Lanihau Center in Kailua-Kona and depart no later than 7:00 a.m. Please park well away from the businesses in the corner of the parking lot near Buns in the Sun. Another group 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 organize your own carpool, if necessary. Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate — there is no charge. Carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs.

For additional 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 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!

Palamanui mauka-makai NEW Trail Opportunity! Feb. 21, 2:30 p.m.-Sunset

Palamanui-1 20140920_171241If you missed last month’s volunteer opportunity here is your chance to help with this

new mauka-makai trail in the 55-acre dry land forest preserve at Palamanui Campus.

This trail is not yet open to the general public.  Come volunteer and be one of the first people to walk this historic trail of the Hawaiians. This is a great alternative for those of you that can’t or don’t want to hike this month’s hike at Captain Cook Monument.  If you choose to volunteer please tell Dr. Stevens that you are representing the Kona Hiking Club and if you have Kona Hiking Club t-shirt please wear it.

 

What does Pālamanui mean?
In Hawaiian, Pālamanui is an enclosure of abundant education and this inspired the design philosophy behind the master-planned community.

http://www.palamanui.com/cms/View.aspx/Show/FAQs
Dr. Richard Stevens (UH Center West Hawaii Lecturer in Humanities) who spearheads the dryland forest restoration at the West Hawaii Veteran’s Cemetery called and asked if the Kona Hiking Club would come help his students clear the old mauka-makai trail.  We will be removing Fountain grass.
Link to native species that are in this area:
http://www.hippnet.hawaii.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=108&Itemid=131
Those interested should bring gloves, water & sunscreen & meet at the gate below the Volunteer Fire station on Kaiminani Dr. and above the road to the nursery after you exit Queen Kaahumanu Highway.
From there we will drive our vehicles to the new Palamanui complex area and hike a 1/2 mile to the project site.
Dr. Stevens assures me that there are many unique & interesting features such as caves and petroglyphs to see.
Please contact me with questions.
Or call Dr. Stevens at 323-3860.
Kathleen
#557-9246

Kona Hiking Club’s Annual New Year’s Day Potluck 2015

pawaii-bayAloha! All past, present, and potential future hikers, spouses, etc. are invited to attend the Kona Hiking Club’s annual New Year’s Day potluck brunch. Bring your favorite dishes and beverages.
Pawai Bay is a great place to snorkel, so consider allowing time to hike back after lunch for some snorkeling.

We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

WHEN/WHERE:

Thursday, 1/1/15 at the Old Kona Airport Park, Pavilion #1. For those who want to start the New Year with a little exercise, the optional beach wander to Pawai Bay or Kailua Bay (by majority vote)begins promptly at 9 a.m. We plan to be back at the pavilion at 10:00. Bring appropriate closed toe shoes for the hike.

Maka`eo Jogging Path

For the nonhikers or botanically minded folks, a  special guest, Betty DeRoy, may offer an alternate guided walking tour of the Old Aiport’s Maka`eo Walking Path and Gardens.

 

 

 

potluck-pavillionPOTLUCK ITEMS:
At 10 a.m., the food and drink will begin in earnest (assuming that the non-walkers haven’t consumed it all while we’re gone). Please bring a pupu or breakfast or lunch dish to share.

 

AND DON’T FORGET TO BRING:

Your beverage of choice in whatever quantity you plan to drink.

A serving spoon/fork for your potluck item.

We can always use a few extra table cloths to cover the picnic tables.

You may want to bring a folding chair, as seating at the picnic tables may be in short supply.

The Club leaders will provide paper plates, plasticware, cups, and napkins.

 

HELP US OUT:

We’ll again be having a suggestion box, so why not give some thought in advance as to what you’d like to see YOUR Club do next year? If you’ve told us about a particular hike you want to do, we may have forgotten it (especially if you told us on the trail and we didn’t write it down). Also, if you have any ideas about how we do things that you’d like us to think about, please let us hear them — we even encourage constructive criticism!

A hui hou,

Kathleen

KHC

 

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!

Green Sand Beach-January 17, 2015

200px-Green_sand_beach1The Kona Hiking Club will hike to Green Sand Beach at South Point on Saturday, January 17. The hike will be about 5 miles round trip over mostly level terrain. Hikers should be prepared for both hot and/or windy conditions and possibly rain. There is no shade on the trail.

Each person should carry 2 liters of water. Also recommended are closed-toe shoes, sun protection, lunch, and a hiking stick. If ocean conditions permit, swimming may be an option at the lunch stop. However, there is no lifeguard.

Hikers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the parking lot near the boat ramp. Driving south from Kailua, turn right on South Point Road (between mm 69 & 70). Follow road (guestimate) 7-8 miles until you come to a rough paved road veering left. Take left and follow road to the boat ramp parking area past an old hut.

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at 6:45 a.m. at Lanihau Center in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun, well away from the businesses. A hike leader will not be present for carpooling, so be prepared to organize your own carpool and hikers should depart no later than 7:00 a.m. Carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline. For more 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!