January 23, 2018

Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay-February 18, 2017–Must RSVP!

On Saturday, February 18, 2017, 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!

Kona Hiking Club’s Annual New Year’s Day Potluck/Hike 2017-RSVP

Inset_2_Hawaii_Nat_Parks_Kalako_Honokohau[1]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:

Sunday , 1/1/17 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 picnic area 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.
We 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!

 

Keahole’s Hu`ehu`e Lava Tubes-Jan. 28,2017-RSVP-UPDATE!

  1. The Kona Hiking Club will hike over and through the lava tubes north of the Keahole Kona Airport on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. This area has some very unique lava formations. You’ll never drive past the area again and only see a “boring” field of lava. The hike will be less than 2 miles in length (round trip) over some occasionally rough, but moderate elevation terrain across a lava field. It’s important to wear closed toe shoes, hat, gloves, long sleeve shirt and long pants for crawling through the smaller openings. There is the option of only hiking part way in or just viewing from above. Flashlight or headlamp is needed for exploring the deeper recesses of the lava caves. [Read more…]