November 22, 2017

Pu`u Kuili/Makalawena Hike-December 19, 2009

puu-kuili-makalawenaOn Saturday, December 19, 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 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 may be present. 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!

Anaeho’omalu to Keaweiki-November 21, 2009

a-bay-keaweikiOn Saturday, November 21, 2009, the Kona Hiking Club will hike the Ala Kahakai Trail from the Anaeho’omalu Bay area to Keaweiki Bay and return along the shoreline. We will be walking on bare lava and some rough lava foot trails. There will be no shade along this four to five mile hike. It will take about four and one half to five hours. The route includes some ancient ruins as well as two brackish ponds. It has been some time since the group has hiked this route, so it may be something new and different for many folks. The hike will end at Anaeho’omalu Bay where we can lunch and also swim if desired.

 

 

All hikers should be prepared for sunny weather although clouds and rain may also be anticipated at times along the coast. Bring at least two litres of water per person, wear closed-toe shoes or hiking boots, sun protection and a snack or lunch. A hiking stick is preferable.

We will meet in the parking lot at Anaeho’omalu Bay Beach Park at 8:30 am and begin the hike from there. Those wishing to carpool should meet at Lanihau Center in Kailua-Kona near Buns in the Sun at 7:30 am to depart by 7:45 am. While there is no charge for carpooling, participants should contribute toward the cost of gasoline.

For further information, contact Alice at 322-6481.

PLEASE NOTE: All members are welcome to bring guests or pass on this information about our hikes to other people who may be interested in joining us. 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!

 

 

 

 

New Moon Foundation, North Kohala-October 17, 2009

iole-bond-forestThe Kona Hiking Club will explore the beautiful newly opened Bond Forest Trail at the New Moon Foundation in the north Kohala Mountains on Saturday, October 17. This Bond Forest Trail hike is approximately 3.6 miles. The first half is a steady uphill climb (~400’ elevation gain) to the Bond Forest Trail which is a .8 mile uphill loop. An additional as yet unopened to the general public Upper Wainaia Gulch loop of approximately 1.5 miles will be offered for the hardy uphill hikers needing a bit more adventure.

 

 

 

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. See www.newmoonfoundation.org for more information.

The group size of this hike may be limited. Please phone Kathleen at 557-9246 to RSVP if you plan to join us.

The hike will commence promptly at 9 a.m., after signing of waivers. Please arrive by 8:30 for pre-hike announcements and signing of waivers for both the Kona Hiking Club and New Moon Foundation. 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. Hiking sticks 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 7:00 a.m. They should park well away from the businesses in the corner of the lot near Buns in the Sun. A club leader, Alice Walker (ph#938-1491), 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!

Kahua Ranch Hike-September 26, 2009

kahua-ranchFinally, the announcement for the September hike! Hopefully, everyone will think it well worth waiting for. Kahua Ranch on Kohala Mountain has given KHC permission to hike on their property accompanied by a seasoned ranch guide, Harry Wishard. Our usual date of the third Saturday each month was not available, so the hike will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2009. KHC has not hiked there as a group since 2001, so this should be a most welcome new and different experience for most of us. And for you long timers with KHC, you will appreciate that Mr. Wishard is the son of Les Wishard who was one of the early leaders of KHC.

 

AT LONG LAST – a description of the September 26 hike, but first a correction as to the meeting place. Mr. Wishard’s home is located on the MAKAI side of Kohala Mtn. Rd. and not the mauka side as earlier stated.

We will meet at Mr. Wishard’s home located about ¼ mi. from the Kahua Ranch entry on the Kohala Mountain Road at 8 am. Coming from Waimea, look for his driveway .6 mi. past the 10 mi. marker on the MAKAI side of the road. Parking will be designated in a pasture area. 4wd vehicles will be required beyond that point, so if you can provide one, please do so.

We will be driving, 4wd vehicles only, from Mr. Wishard’s home up the mountain to a point where we will begin about a 45-minute, very steep climb up Pu’u Pili. There, weather permitting, we should enjoy spectacular views. The trail is likely to be muddy. From there, we will continue to another scenic location, with much of the hike being in forested land. The hike should last three to four hours.

All hikers should be prepared for unpredictable weather; while sunny weather is a possibility, so is windy, cool weather and rain. Bring at least two litres of water per person, wear closed-toe shoes or hiking boots, sun protection and a snack or lunch. A hiking stick is preferable.

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at 6:15 a.m. at Lanihau Center and depart no later than 6:30 a.m. They should park well away from the businesses in the corner of the lot near Buns in the Sun. A club leader will be at the carpool parking area. Carpoolers are requested to contribute for gasoline costs.

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. However, if you do so, PLEASE make sure 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 Kea Summit-August 15, 2009

mauna-kea-summitThe Kona Hiking Club will be hiking on Mauna Kea on August 15 and August 22, 2009, due to the DLNR Natural Preserve Area Management restricting the size of each group to 20 hikers.

 

 

 

We now have a firm group hike approval from the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station and from DLNR.

 

We will be hiking at elevations between 10,000’ and 13,796’; therefore, when calling to make a reservation you will be supplied with the recommended restrictions and requirements for hikingat high elevations. We sincerely hope that anyone unable to satisfy these requirements will not make a reservation leaving the openings available for other eligible people desiring to make the hike.

Carpoolers should meet at 7:30am at Lanihau Shopping Center parking lot in Kailua-Kona near Buns in the Sun on Saturday, August 15, and again on Saturday, August 22, 2009. From there we will depart at 7:45am. It will take approximately 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hrs. to reach the Visitor Center on Mauna Kea, so we should arrive there between 9:15 to 9:30am. Anyone not wishing to carpool should be at the Visitor Center by that time.

Approximately 45 minutes will be spent at the Visitor Center to acclimate to the altitude before proceeding to the summit by car. Anyone feeling any adverse effects of the altitude at this time should not proceed but leave the mountain immediately. Hikers must also remember that DLNR requires the group stay together, so fast hikers may have to slow their pace to accomplish this.

One vehicle will be left at Parking Lot 1 and another at Parking Lot 2 enroute to the summit. Upon reaching the upper observatory parking lot, we will hike out to the summit and back. There is a short steep downhill and then a longer steep uphill trail to the actual summit. The round trip can be done in 30 to 45 minutes, but we will not be on any special schedule. It is recommended that everyone hike at a slower than usual pace.

We will then drive to the lower observatory Parking Lot 3, and follow the Humu’u Ula Trail (Mauna Kea Trail) out to Lake Wai’au at the 13,200’ elevation where there will also be an uphill climb and then down to the lake. Upon leaving the lake, we will continue down the trail to the point closest to Parking Lot 1, our final destination. Drivers will be ferried back to the upper Parking Lots. The hiking surface in all areas is primarily loose, small a’a lava and gravel.

Due to the limited number of participants, please phone Alice Walker at 322-6481 or 938-1491
to make a reservation if you wish to attend, keeping in mind that those with 4WD vehicles will be given preference. Should you get the answering machine, please be sure to state the date and time of your call as Alice will be taking reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

All hikers should be prepared for windy and cool weather, with temperatures possibly being in the 40s. Bring at least two litres of water per person, wear closed-toe shoes or hiking boots, sun protection and a snack or lunch. A hiking stick is also recommended.

Pu’u O’o Trail Horse & Foot Trail-July 18, 2009

puu-oo-horse-foot-trailOn Saturday, July 18, the Kona Hiking Club will hike Pu’u O’o Trail Horse & Foot Trail off Saddle Road. This long, moderately challenging hike will take approximately 6 hours. The hike is a total of about eight miles. The rocky trail is fairly level overall, with many short up and down segments as it travels through old pahoehoe and a’a lava fields, interspersed with forested kipuka. Wet, chilly, or foggy conditions may be encountered as the elevation is 5,800 feet.

 

 

 

 

Pu’u O’o Horse & Foot Trail is a historic cattle drive trail across the eastern saddle, just west of, and parallel to, Kulani Powerline Road. It begins at the eastern end of Kipuka ‘Ainahou, and intersects Powerline Road after 4 miles in the last kipuka near the edge of the 1984 lava flow, before diverging again.. The trail crosses a wide variety of saddle habitats, in which you can find nearly every remaining species of the endemic forest bird on the island – only the palila is absent. We will be entering a hunting area – it is important to stay on the road/trail and dress appropriately in bright, colorful clothes.

Kailua-area carpoolers may meet at 7:15 a.m. and promptly at 7:30 a.m. from Lanihau Center. A hike leader will be present. Please park well away from the businesses, in the corner of the parking lot near Buns in the Sun. The hike will start at 9 a.m. at the Pu’u O’o trailhead, located between mile markers 22 and 23 on the Saddle Road. The gravel parking area is right on the edge of Saddle Road near the 22.5 mile point, and is marked with the signs shown here. Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate. There is no charge, but carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs.

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

For additional information, please phone Kathleen at 557-9246.

 

T-SHIRT UPDATE:

We are planning on ordering more Kona Hiking Club T-shirts late July or August. It helps keep the cost down for everyone if we order in a larger quantity. So, if you would like to order a shirt, please reply by return email to konahikers@hotmail.com. Indicate men’s or women’s, what sizes, and how many. We don’t need payment at this time, since we’re not even sure there is enough interest to place an order. We’ll keep you posted!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Makaula O`oma Tract-June 20, 2009

honuaula-makahiSaturday, June 20, 2009, the Kona Hiking Club will hike through Honualoa 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 Hao Street Trail and continues to Jurassic Park Trail at Makahi Street then returns to Hao Street by way of Kaloko Drive.

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 8 am at the Hao Street Trailhead which is near the second left side Hao Street sign off Kaloko Drive. Park along the grassy shoulder. Although, there is a sizeable parking area, carpooling is recommended. While there is no charge for carpooling, anyone doing so is encouraged to chip in for gasoline.

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!

Pu’u Wa’awa’a-May 16. 2009

puu-waawaaThe Kona Hiking Club will hike to the top of the Pu’u Wa’awa’a (many-furrowed hill) cinder cone located on state Department of Land and Natural Resources property, on Saturday, May 16. This is a challenging hike.

 

From the summit on a clear day, a visitor may view a panorama of the ocean and five mountains. Informational markers are placed at points of interest along the trail, and a corresponding brochure may be provided. A DLNR coordinator for the area may be on hand to speak with our group regarding the area.

 

The trail is approximately 3.25 miles long and climbs 1,100 feet to the summit at 3,967 ft. for a total hike of 6.5 miles with a steep incline and decline. There are additional trails which may be included, so watch this website for more information prior to the hike.

The area is generally temperate at that elevation and has little shade, however, weather can vary and hikers should be prepared for rain as well as sun, carry at least two litres of water per person, wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring a snack or lunch. Hiking sticks are recommended as well.

Carpoolers will leave at 7:45 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. Others may meet at 8:30 a.m. at the trailhead. The main gate is between the 21 and 22 mile markers on the mauka side of Mamalahoa Highway. After entering the main gate take the road to the left and park near the Hunter Check Station allowing space for additional vehicles.

If you have any questions, please phone Alice 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 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 to Kona Village Resort-April 18, 2009

kiholo-kona-villageThe Kona Hiking Club will take a shoreline hike from KiholoBeach to the Kona village Resort on Saturday, April 18th. The hike will be approximately 4 miles in length, over diverse terrain that includes; rough, dry, barren lava, sandy beaches, pahoehoe and in some areas ancient Hawaiian trails. We will be hiking along beautiful coastlines for some fantastic photographic opportunities and several places for the prospect of gathering Hawaiian Salt.

 

 

 

Hikers should anticipate hot, dry conditions and bring at least 2 litters of water per person, along with any snacks you may desire along the way. Sun protection, sturdy hiking boots, a hat and walking stick are highly recommended.

Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate and there is no charge. I have had several requests for our hikes to start at a “reasonable” hour, and the majority voted for 8:00 a.m. Participants should meet at 8:00 a.m. at the “Loretta Lynn/round house” (south of KiholoBay). Driving North from Kailua-Kona on Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy, turn left (makai) onto the gravel road between mile marker 82 and 83 (before the scenic view turnout). Follow the gravel road towards the ocean, eventually turning left a short distance – look for deserted, raised round house with parking area on the right.

Those desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at the Lanihau Center, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun. Please respect the businesses and park away from the store fronts. Carpoolers should meet at 7:15 a.m. to organize and depart no later than 7:30 a.m. Carpoolers are encouraged to contribute towards gasoline costs. I am also looking for volunteers willing to leave their vehicle at the Kona Village Resort to carpool hikers back to Kiholo after the hike.

For more information and any volunteers please call Marti at 322-9206.

 

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

Miloli’i Trail-March 21, 2009

milolii-trailOn Saturday March 21, 2009 the Kona Hiking Club will hike a labyrinth of trails that traverse across a’a and pahoehoe lava fields in the Miloli’i area. The hike will be approximately 3.5- 4 miles in length over rough, dry, barren lava where portions of the trails have smooth, flat shoreline stepping stones. There will be an opportunity to view a Hawaiian Maui well where the Hawaiian ancestors living along the coastal shores of Hawaii collected drinking water. This hike will be relatively level with approximately 200’ -300’ elevation gain starting from the shorelines of Papa Bay crossing large open fields of lava headed north by northeast towards (but not up) the cliffs of Miloli’i.

 

Although the shoreline is rocky, there is access to PapaBay or Miloli’i Beach Park for swimming and snorkeling after the hike.

Some areas of the hike can be strenuous across the lava fields. Hikers need to be prepared for potentially warm, sunny weather with little or no shaded areas; however, rain or overcast is always a possibility.

Each hiker should bring at least 2 liters of water, any snacks or food you may desire, a hat, sunscreen, closed-toed shoes although hiking boots and a hiking stick are highly recommended.

From Kona, drive approximately 30 miles south to around Mile Marker 89, Turn right onto Miloli’i Road, drive approximately 4 miles and turn right onto Ewalu St., Follow Ewalu St. past last house veering to the left (makai) down to parking area.

We will meet in the parking area at the end of Ewalu St. at 7.00 a.m. There will be two carpool locations for participants desiring to do so. One group will meet at 6:15 a.m. at KeauhouShopping Center in Keauhou and depart no later than 6:30 a.m. Please park well away from the businesses on the makai side of the parking lot in front of Longs Drugs. Another group will meet in the Kealakekua Ranch Center upper parking lot (near Ace Hardware) at 6:40 a.m. and depart by 6:45 a.m. The Center is located on Mamalahoa Hwy. at the intersection of Kiloa Rd. between the 110 and 109 mile markers. Hike leaders may or may not be present at the carpool locations. 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 Marti 322-9206.

 

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!