June 22, 2017

Haao Springs-Kau Forest Reserve, March 12, 2016-RSVP

Hao-Springs-Road-02On Saturday, March 12, we will visit Haao Springs in Waiohinu.  This will be about a 7+ mile hike with shuttle.  Our hike will take us to a spring with a view overlooking Waiohinu “Shining Waters”.  We will start in a forested area near 68mm and hike about 3 miles on a forested 4WD road where we will connect with a paved road to the spring.  The top of this road is one of the few places on the island from which you can see both sunrise and sunset on a clear day. At the springs we will stop for lunch/snacks, then continue down the steep partially paved road with scenic views of the entire Ka Lae (South Point) area and end at Highway 11 near the 66mm.  Since we are shuttling I need everyone to RSVP if planning to join us.

We will meet at the Kiolakaa Ranger Station on Kiolakaa Rd. at 8:00 a.m.  Please call for directions. 

The weather is typically comfortable with shade in the forest, but warmer and muggy with very little shade on the downhill partially paved road. Hikers should wear closed toed shoes, carry hiking sticks and bring at least two liters of water, snacks, and sunscreen.  Also, consider bringing a pair of binoculars.

For additional information, contact Kathleen Johnson at 557-9246. or email: 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 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!

Honuaula Forest Reserve-Kaloko- April 16, 2016

honuaula-makahiSaturday, April 16, 2016, 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.
or email: 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 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!

Kona Hiking Club’s Annual New Year’s Day Potluck/Hike 2016

Aloha! 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/hike. Bring your favorite dishes and beverages.  Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park offers you the chance to enjoy the culture and natural history of Hawai’i.
Consider allowing time to hike back after lunch for some snorkeling/swimming.

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

WHEN/WHERE:

Traditionally, our potluck/hike is held at the Old (A) Airport Beach Park pavilion, but as it may likely be closed for renovations in 2016 we can not get reservations so we will plan for the alternate location below:

Friday, 1/1/16 at the Kaloko fishpond at the north end of the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. The Kaloko road gate is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 PM daily.  A hike leader will be at the picnic tables promptly at 8:00, so come early to prepare for the potluck/hike.  For those who want to start the New Year with a little exercise, the optional beach wander south to a Queen’s bath or north toward Kohanaiki Beach Park (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.

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.
This year we would like to keep our potluck more environmentally friendly so we are asking that you bring your own plates, cups, forks and spoons.  We will have some plates, etc. available in case you forget.  The Club leaders will provide napkins and a hand washing station as this area has a composting toilet facility, but no running water.

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.

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!