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Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay-February 21, 2009

capt-cook-markerOn Saturday, February 21, 2009, the Kona Hiking Club will visit the Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay. The hike is about 4 mi. 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 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. Hikes 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 a hiking stick, sun protection, lunch or snack, and at least two quarts of water per person.

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. 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. 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 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!

Hualalai Mountain Kahalu`u Forest Reserve-January 17, 2009

hualalai-kahaluuOn Saturday, January 17, 2009, the Kona Hiking Club will hike through Kahalu’u Forest Reserve, a pristine forest on Hualalai Mountain. The region will be accessed via Donkey Mill Rd., and we will drive to the Forest Gate, hike uphill to the Ho’olohe Gate and return on the same road. The hike will be about 4.5 miles total with an elevation change of about 1,400’. The surface is a relatively good four wheel drive road.


We will be escorted by a Kamehameha Schools representative who is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of Hualalai Mtn. and the Hawaiian culture, so this will be an educational hike as well as a truly enjoyable one.

This hike will be strictly limited to five 4WD vehicles and a total of 30 people, of which at least three will be Kamehameha Schools representatives. As a result, advance reservations for this hike are required. Hikers who can provide a large 4WD vehicle able to carry at least six people will be given preference.

Hikers should meet in the parking lot makai of Long’s Drug Store in the Keauhou Shopping Center at the intersection of Ali’i Dr. and Kamehameha III Rd. at 8 am.

From there we will carpool up Donkey Mill Rd. to the Forest Gate. 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 a hiking stick, bring at least two liters of water, snacks, and sunscreen.

Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate, and members are welcome to being guests. There is no charge, but guests should be provided with a copy of this announcement or referred to the website to review the announcement and description. We wish to make sure everyone is prepared for the specific hike we are doing that day. Mahalo for helping us keep everyone safe.

To make a reservation or for additional information, contact Alice Walker at 322-6481.

Kona Hiking Club-New Year’s Day Potluck 2009

Aloha! All past, present, and potential future hikers, their spouses, etc. are invited to attend the Kona Hiking Club’s annual New Year’s Day picnic potluck brunch.













Thursday, 1/1/09, 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 begins promptly at 9 a.m. We plan to be back at the pavilion at 10.





















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. (Last year, we had about 80% desserts, so don’t hesitate to bring something savory!)


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

A serving spoon/fork for your potluck item.

A plastic table cloth if you happen to have one.

A folding chair (suggested).

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

If you missed getting a Kona Hiking Club T-shirt (designed by Barb Pool), we are planning to take new orders at the brunch.

Come and meet your two new hike leaders for 2009. Kathleen Johnson and Marti Udell will be replacing Joan Kinchla and Ruby Tzimeas. They bring lots of enthusiasm and great ideas, and will assist Alice Walker in keeping the Club going strong.



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,

Alice, Joan, Ruby, Marti, and Kathleen