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Ho’okena to Pu’uhonua o Honaunau-December 20, 2008

7-21-07, 1871 Trail, G.M.Kona Hiking Club will hike from Ho’okena Beach to Pu’uhonua o Honaunau on Saturday, December 20. This will be a relatively easy, one-way, 4.5 mi. hike on a portion of the Ala Kahakai Trail recently cleared by a group of volunteers from the Ho’okena and Kona Paradise areas. We may possibly have the benefit of a cultural guide on this hike which always adds much enjoyment to the outing, especially since we will be passing through the ruins of historic Ki’ilae Village.

 

 

 

 

This will be a coastline (although not necessarily shoreline) hike, and warm weather should be anticipated with some shaded areas. The hiking surface will be wide and relatively smooth dirt and rock. There are no significant climbs.

Each hiker should carry a minimum of 2 quarts of water, wear a hat and hiking boots or closed-toe shoes, carry a hiking stick, use plenty of sunscreen, and bring any snacks or food you may desire.

Hikers should meet at 8:00 am at the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park parking lot and from there carpool to the trailhead at Ho’okena Beach. Please keep in mind that admission to the Park will be charged unless the driver or a passenger of the vehicle has a park pass.

Anyone wishing to carpool may meet at the Lanihau Shopping Center in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun at 7:00 am and depart by 7:15 am. Please park well away from the businesses. 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 this website (www.konahikingclub.com) for complete safety information.

If you have any questions, please call Alice at 322-6481.

Kalopa State Park-November 15, 2008

new-moonThe Kona Hiking Club will walk the trails in Kalopa Native Forest Park and Forest Preserve on Saturday, November 15. The park, located at approximately 2,000 feet elevation on the Hamakua Coast, contains acres of mature native Hawaiian rain forest and various introduced species.

 

 

 

 

The hike is approximately 4 to 5 miles in length, with an elevation gain of about 600 feet. Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate. There is no charge, although carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs. No pets are allowed.

 

 

 

Wet conditions and muddy, slippery trails are common here. Hikers should wear closed-toed shoes. A hiking stick and rain gear are also recommended. In addition, hikers should carry two quarts of water per person and trail snacks. Those wishing to do so, may leave a picnic lunch in the car to eat at the park pavilion after the hike.

The hike will start at Kalopa Park at 9:30 a.m. The park is located mauka of Highway 19, five miles southeast of Honoka’a. The turnoff to the park is marked, and is located between mile markers 39 and 40. ( Do not take the Kalopa Road turnoff between mile markers 42 and 43, as it takes longer and you may be late.)

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at Lanihau Center, in the corner of the parking lot near Buns-In-The-Sun, but well away from the businesses. Carpoolers should arrive at 7:30 and depart by 7:45 a.m. Hike leaders may or may not be present at the carpool meeting point.

For additional information, please phone Ruby at 987-0200.

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!

 

 

 

 

Mauna Loa Trail-October 18, 2008

mauna-loa-strip-trailOn Saturday, October 18, the Kona Hiking Club will hike the beginning section of the Mauna Loa Trail. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. at Namakani Paio campground, located outside of Kilauea National Park. Namakani Paio is on the mauka side of highway 11, approximately half way between mile markers 32 and 31. After entering on the marked campground access road, take the first left fork and park in the first open dirt area on the left. We will carpool from there to the Mauna Loa Trailhead/Lookout at 6,650 feet elevation (about 13 miles up the Mauna Loa Scenic Road), as parking is limited.

 

From the Lookout, the trail leads to the summit of Mauna Loa, of which we plan on hiking approximately 6 miles round trip. If the weather is clear, we will have views of Kilauea Crater, Halemaumau fire pit and the rest of the Volcano area. As we will be passing through some old native dry-land forest, we may see native forest birds.

Since we will be hiking at higher elevations (6,650 – 8,000) and there is less available oxygen encountered at high altitude – it is strongly advised that anyone with high blood pressure, heart or respiratory conditions not attempt this hike.

Temperatures at higher elevations can vary and be unpredictable. Hikers should be prepared for hot or cool weather and/or rain – layering clothes is advisable. Sturdy boots, a hat, rain jacket and hiking stick are recommended as well as sunscreen and sunglasses, as most of hike is exposed above the tree line. Two liters of drinking water plus a lunch is recommended. Drinking plenty of water keeps your body hydrated and helps to fend off the effects of altitude sickness. Binoculars for possible bird viewing are optional. No children or pets will be allowed.

Due to the ongoing eruption of Kilauea Volcano, air and vog conditions can be unpredictable. If air conditions are deemed critical the day of the hike, and if the Campground is closed, the Club will meet in the empty lot just south of the Kiawe Kitchen restaurant in the town of Volcano – an alternate hike will be chosen, most likely in the Kalapana area, away from the vog.

Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate, and there is no charge. Kailua-area carpoolers should meet at 6:30 a.m. and leave by 6:45 a.m. from Lanihau Center. Please park well away from the businesses, in the corner of the parking lot near Buns in the Sun. Hike leaders may or may not be present at the carpool location. Carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline. For additional information, please phone Joan at 327-1529.

 

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!

New Moon Foundation, North Kohala-September 20, 2008

new-moonThe Kona Hiking Club will explore the beautiful newly opened trails at the New Moon Foundation in the north Kohala Mountains on Saturday, September 20. The hike will consist of two separate trails, the Pali Akamoa Trail, and the Upland Loop Trail, and an optional third trail, the Wainaia Gulch Trail. The hike distance is approximately 4.5 miles (plus 2 miles for the optional trail).

 

 

 

 

The New Moon Foundation is located at the old Bond Estate grounds and is reached by taking the Akoni Pule Highway (270) turnoff from the Highway 19 junction at Kawaihae. Continue through Hawi and Kapa’au. From the King Kamehameha statue it is 0.5 miles to Iole Road (also marked Bond Estate). Turn right and continue up the road until you see the New Moon Foundation buildings on the right. Turn in the driveway and park in the parking areas.

The hike will commence at 9 a.m., after signing of waivers. Please allow approximately 1 3/4 hours for the drive from the Kona area.

Hikers should wear closed toed shoes and be prepared for possible rain showers. Sun and mosquito protection are also recommended, along with two quarts of water and a sack lunch. A hiking stick may also be useful. Lunch will be enjoyed at the park near the car parking area, so food items may be left in the cars.

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at Lanihau Center and depart no later than 7:15 a.m. They should park well away from the businesses in the corner of the lot near Buns in the Sun. No club leader will be at the carpool parking area. Carpoolers are requested to contribute for gasoline costs.

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 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, which may include conditions such as mud, heat, cold, steep trails, rocky trails, high altitude, exceptionally long distances, etc. Mahalo for helping us keep everyone safe!

Pu’u La’au Road to Summit of Ahumoa-August 16, 2008

puu-ahumoa-2On Saturday, August 16, the Kona Hiking Club will hike up Pu’u La’au Road to the summit of Ahumoa, a large cinder cone visible from the Saddle Road. This hike is an easy to moderate 4 mile (round trip) hike on a 4-wheel drive road with some rough and deep ruts. The hike will take approximately 2+ hours. The elevation here is approximately 7000 feet.

 

 

 

 
Ahumoa is located on the southwest slope of Mauna Kea within the Ka’ohe Game Management area. We will be entering a hunting area – it is important to stay on the road/trail and dress appropriately in bright, colorful clothes. The route passes through open Mamane-Naio-Iliahi native dry land forest. Common native forest birds and the endangered Palila (Hawaiian finch found no place else in the world aside from the upper slopes of Mauna Kea) may be sighted in the vicinity of the road. On a clear day, walking around the summit of Ahumoa offers 360-degree views of the Big Island.

We will meet at 9:00 a.m. near the Kilohana Hunter Check-in Station at the 43.5 mile marker just off Saddle Road (Hwy. 200). When coming from Kailua-Kona, the check-in station is on the left side of Saddle Road. Directly across Saddle Road (on the right side), is a large graded area where we will meet and leave most of the vehicles. Park on any unvegetated area adjacent to the road.

Hikers should wear colorful attire and hiking boots. Bring water (2 quarts), sun protection, and lunch or snacks. You may also want to bring binoculars for possible bird viewing, and a hiking stick.

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at Lanihau Center at 7:15 a.m., and depart no later than 7:30 a.m. Please park well away from the businesses in the corner of the parking lot near Buns in the Sun. No Club leader will be at the carpooling area; hikers should organize themselves for a timely departure. Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate. There is no charge, but carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs.

For additional information, please phone Ruby at 987-0200.

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!

Old Government Road-Captain Cook Monument Road To Ali’i Highway-July 19, 2008

old-govt-rd-aliiThe Kona Hiking Club will hike down the Captain Cook Monument Road to the Old Government Road and head north, ending the hike at the end of Ali’i Highway near the Kuamo’o Battle Warriors Burial Ground on Saturday, July 19. This will be a one-way hike of approximately seven miles across mostly lava rock and dirt trails with shade only for a short distance at the beginning of the hike and the last mile or so. The first section is a steep downhill, but the remainder is relatively level. It will be necessary to limit the number of participants on this hike to 35 people, so please contact the hike leader listed below if you plan to attend.

 

The weather will most likely be warm with overcast skies due to the volcanic activity in the Puna area. Each hiker should carry 2 quarts of water, wear closed-toed shoes and sunscreen, and bring a snack or lunch. A hiking stick, and hat are also recommended.

We will meet at 7:45 a.m. at the trailhead located 1/10th of a mile south of Mamalahoa Highway on Napo’opo’o Road. 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 Napo’opo’o Road is quite narrow and heavily traveled.

There will be two carpool locations for participants wishing to do so. Carpoolers may meet at the end of Ali’i Highway (Ali’i Drive continuation) at 6:45 a.m. to depart by 7:00 a.m. Another group will meet in the Kealakekua Ranch Center upper parking lot near Ace Hardware at 7:15 a.m. and depart by 7:30 a.m. Participants parking at the Ranch Center and the trailhead will be shuttled back to their vehicles, and volunteer drivers are requested to assist with the shuttling. A hike leader will be present at Ali’i Highway but may not be at the Shopping Center so please organize yourselves for the carpool there. While there is no charge for carpooling, participants are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs.

Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate – there is no charge. For additional information, contact Alice at 322-6481.

PLEASE NOTE: All members are welcome to bring guests or pass on information about our hikes to other hikers. 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 altitudes, exceptionally long distances, etc. Mahalo for helping us keep everyone safe!

Waipio Valley-June 21, 2008

waipio-crossingThe Kona Hiking Club will hike Waipio Valley on Saturday, June 21. The hike will be a relatively easy one across the front of the valley floor, along a public trail and road on the far side of the valley to a scenic waterfall and pond area. The most difficult part of the hike will be crossing the river. The hike will be about two miles each way and take approximately 1-1/4 hr. each direction.

 

We will take a break at the pond and have a potluck lunch at the end of the hike.

Two side hikes are available to those who wish to do so. Hikers may climb a portion of the zigzag trail up the pali on the west side of the valley, and they may also make about a one-city-block trek across rocks and boulders to reach the waterfall on the east side of the valley. Warm sunny weather with a good deal of shade is anticipated, but rain is always a possibility.

Hikers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Scenic Overlook at the top of the valley. From there we will carpool to the valley floor in 4-wheel drive vehicles. Anyone willing to provide a 4WD vehicle will be appreciated and should contact Alice (322-6481) in advance.

Each hiker should carry a minimum of 2 liters of water, wear a hat and hiking boots, have water shoes, carry a hiking stick, use plenty of sunscreen, bring a dish for the potluck, and any snacks you may desire.

Anyone wishing to carpool may meet at the Lanihau Shopping Center in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun at 6:30 am to depart at 6:45 am. Please park well away from the businesses. 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.

Kapanai’a Bay-May 17, 2008

kapanaia-lighthouseThe Kona Hiking Club will hike to the Kauhola Point Lighthouse and then on to Kapanai’a Bay on Saturday, May 17. This out-and-back shoreline hike will be approximately 7 or 8 miles round trip. Much of the trail is relatively level, but there are a few short stretches that are quite steep. There is ample shade. Swimming is usually not advised in this area. There are no lifeguards and no facilities in the areas we will visit.

 

 

 

 

The weather may be warm and windy, but also be prepared for rain, wind, or mud. Participants should carry 2 quarts of water, wear closed-toed shoes, and bring sunscreen and a snack or lunch. A hiking stick, lightweight jacket, and hat are also recommended.

Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate. There is no charge, although carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs. No pets are allowed.

Kailua area carpoolers should meet at Lanihau Center, in the corner of the parking lot near Buns-in-the-Sun. Please park well away from the businesses. Plan to arrive at 7:00 and depart no later than 7:15 a.m. Hike leaders may or may not be present at the carpool location.

Others may meet at 9 a.m. at the lighthouse parking area, about ½ mile makai of Highway 270 on Mill Road, also known as Old Halaula Mill Road.

Directions from Kailua-Kona: Take the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and Highway 270 north to Hawi. Continue on Highway 270 through Hawi and Kapa’au, to approximately the 24 ½ mile marker, and turn left on Mill Road. (There is no street sign, but there is an ATV business at this intersection. If you come to the Arakawa Store or the Middle School, you have gone too far.) Proceed ½ mile on Mill Road to the parking area. From there the road becomes a very narrow 4WD road which we will hike to the lighthouse and on to Kapanai’a Bay.

**** Photo courtesy of Brad Ballesteros — Mahalo! ****

 

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!

Coastal Hike to Mano Point-April 19, 2008

mano-pointThe Kona Hiking Club will take a shoreline hike to Mano Point on Saturday, April 19. The hike will be approximately 8 miles in length, over rough, dry, barren lava.

 

 

Hikers should expect hot conditions and bring at least 2 liters of water per person, along with sun protection and lunch. Sturdy boots, a hat, and hiking stick are recommended. No childlren or pets will be allowed.

 

Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate, and there is no charge. Participants should meet at 8:15 a.m. at “Loretta Lynn’s house” (south of Kiholo Bay). Driving north from Kailua on Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy, turn left (makai) on gravel road between mile markers 82 and 83 (before the scenic iew turnout). Follow the gravel road towards the ocean, eventually turning left a short distance — look for a raised round house with parking area on right.

Those desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at Lanihau Center, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun, away from businesses. Carpoolers should meet at 7:15 a.m., organize themselves, and depart no later than 7:30 a.m. Carpoolers are encouraged to contribut toward gasoline costs. For more information, call Joan at 327-1529.

 

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-March 15, 2008

green sand beachThe Kona Hiking Club will hike to Green Sand Beach at South Point on Saturday, March 15. 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 the hut/store.

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 be present for carpooling, and hikers should depart no later than 7:00 a.m. Carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline. For more information, call Alice at 322-6481.

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!