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Puako Boat Ramp to Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Area-January 15, 2011

maumae-beachThe Kona Hiking Club will hike part of the Ala Kahakai Trail along the coast from Puako Boat Ramp north to Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Area on Saturday, January 15.

 

 

 

The hike will be approximately 4 miles in length one way. Although the hike is considered moderately easy, we will be hiking at relatively low tide over wet coral/lava and across some exposed red dirt jeep trails. Remember to watch for whales.

 

For more information about the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail:

http://www.nps.gov/alka/parkmgmt/upload/ALKA_CMP_low-resolution.pdf

Hikers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Area parking lot. Take the Spencer Beach Park Road off Kawaihae Road and take the second right into the parking area. Alternate parking is at Spencer Beach Park, but meeting place is at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Area parking lot.

This will be a one way hike so be prepared to offer to be a carpool vehicle or transfer to another car to get to the Puako trailhead. Mahalo.

Hikers should be prepared for both hot and/or windy conditions. Each person should carry 1-2 liters of water. Also recommended are sturdy boots, sun protection, lunch, and a hiking stick. For those interested in swimming at Spencer Park remember to bring your swim gear. For more information on hikes and other activities go to www.konahikingclub.com . You may even see one of your hike photos displayed there!

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at 7:00 a.m. at Lanihau Center, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun, but well away from the businesses. A KHC representative has graciously agreed to be present. For carpool info call Alice at 322-6481 or 938-1491 after Jan. 8th. Carpoolers should depart no later than 7:15 a.m. Carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline.

For more information about the hike, call John at 886-1003.

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!

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (Family outing)-December 18, 2010

kaloko-honokohau-hvnpKona Hiking Club will visit historic sites at Kaloko- Honokohau National Historic Park on Saturday, December 18. There are many interesting things to see including heiaus, house sites, a small ritual slide, fish ponds and a queen’s bath. Total RT walking distance is about 2.5 miles from the north end of Honokohau Harbor to the Kaloko Fishpond and back. There will be an opportunity for swimming and a picnic lunch. Hopefully, we will see some whales. We will see turtles.

 

 

 

Here are two very informative and interesting NPS links. Please take the time to check it out and gain an understanding of how special this place is and why it is being preserved.

http://www.nps.gov/kaho/

http://www.nps.gov/kaho/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=124426

As the site states: The reason why the Hawaiians chose to settle here was, perhaps, a spiritual one, for there was a spirit. The Hawaiians felt its presence in every rock and tree, in the water and in the winds. Perhaps you too will experience this spirit on your visit to this National Historical Park.

Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate in this family outing. There is no charge, but riders are encouraged to chip in for gas. Pets are allowed, but they must be on a leash.

Carpoolers will leave at 8:30 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 8:45 a.m. at the north side of the harbor. Participants should wear suitable shoes, hats, carry plenty of drinking water, a picnic lunch/snack, and swim gear.

If you have any questions, please phone Kathleen 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. We typically hike rain or shine. However, if weather is severe, check the website for updates. Mahalo for helping us keep everyone safe!

Pololu Valley Awini Trail- November 20, 2010

pololu-awini-trailFor our November hike, the Kona Hiking Club will hike the Pololu (“long spear”) Valley Awini Trail on Saturday, November 20.

 

 

 

 

 

 
We will meet at 8:15 a.m. at the parking area in North Kohala where Hwy 270 ends and Pololu Valley begins. Be prepared for a possible wet, sloppy trail going up the ridge from Pololu (if it has been raining). Dress appropriately: hiking boots/shoes that you don’t mind getting wet are highly recommended, sun protection, rain gear, lunch/snacks, water (2 liters plus), and hiking stick(s) will greatly aid you on this multi-valley hike with loose stones on the downhill sections. It may be wise to leave a set of dry clothes/shoes in the car for after the hike.

This hike is a difficult 4 to 5-plus-mile hike (round trip) with the following elevation changes: begin at 410′, descend to Pololu Valley floor, and then hike uphill 625′ to the Honokane Nui rim. Only those extremely fit hikers who can handle climbing down and up a series of near vertical ropes can then descend to Honokane Nui Valley floor, hike uphill 450′, descend to Honokane Iki Valley floor, and then return via the same route. This part of the hike led by a volunteer leader is not part of the official Kona Hiking Club hike. Gloves are required and long pants recommended. The extended hike may take 7-8 hours (~ 4 hours for the short version). Those hikers not doing the extended hike will return to Pololu Valley where we will have lunch and then return to our cars.

We will experience some spectacular views, boulder black sand beaches, possible ruins, bamboo and stream(s). As this is a challenging “all-day hike”, please be sure you are prepared physically and bring adequate provisions.

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at 6:00 a.m. at Lanihau Center in Kailua-Kona, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun and should park well away from the businesses. Carpoolers can organize themselves there and should depart no later than 6:15 a.m.

Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate in this hike. There is no charge, although carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline.

If you have any questions, please phone Kathleen 557-9246.

Pu`u Wa`awa`a-October 16, 2010

puu-waawaaKona 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, October 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. A DLNR coordinator for the area will be on hand to speak with our group regarding the area.

 

 

For more info about this very special area: http://www.puuwaawaa.org/

 

The Management Plan (under History & Management button) pages 15 & 16 is especially important to read.

We are hiking the trail that follows the 10K Run for the Dry Forest with an extension to the top of the pu`u. The trail is approximately 4.25 miles long and climbs 1,867 feet to the summit at 3,967 ft. for a total hike of 8.5 miles with a steep incline and decline.

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 liters of water per person, wear closed-toed shoes (good hiking shoes are required as the trails are very rocky in several places), sun protection, and bring a snack or lunch. We will have our lunch/snack break at the top. Hiking sticks are recommended as well.

Because it has been so dry lately, we ask that hikers, so inclined, refrain from smoking. This is a dryland forest that the DLNR and many wonderful volunteers have worked hard to restore and it is suffering from severe drought.

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 main gate. The main gate is between the 21 and 22 mile markers on the mauka side of Mamalahoa Highway. After entering the main gate we will take the road to the right and park at the airstrip.

If you have any questions, please phone Kathleen 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!

 

Wailuku River-September 18, 2010

wailuku-riverThe Kona Hiking Club will visit the upper Wailuku River section on Saturday, September 18. The trail is between the 13.5 and 14.5 mile markers on Saddle Road in Hilo Watershed Forest Reserve on the southeastern slope of Mauna Kea.

 

 

 

http://www.ohranger.com/hi/wailuku-river/map

 

 

The name Wailuku means “destructive waters” in the Hawaiian Language. The river can rise into the trees and drop back down very fast. At 26 miles in length it is the longest river in Hawaii and its course lies mostly along the divide between the lava flows of Mauna Kea and those of Mauna Loa to the south. It arises at about the 10,800 feet (3,300 m) elevation along the eastern slope of Mauna Kea and flows generally eastward, descending steeply from the mountain and entering the Pacific Ocean at Hilo.

A 3 mile jeep trail in to the river (6 mile roundtrip mostly level at the 3900’ elev) will be the regular hike, with the more adventuresome hikers following the river downstream to explore additional pools. The jeep trail was originally built to provide access to the gauging station and is much used by hunters. Trail is sometimes wet, muddy, and dotted with small ponds which need to be passed through or around. This is a great hike on a sunny day. Just about the time you feel hot and sweaty, there is a whole river to swim in.

Although it’s been dry lately, be prepared for rain and mosquitoes. Participants must carry at least two liters of water per person. Closed-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, sun protection, lunch or snack, and hiking sticks are also recommended. Don’t forget your bathing suit and towel if you plan on swimming.

Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate in this hike. There is no charge, although carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline.

Carpoolers will meet at 6:45 a.m. and leave at 7:00 a.m. from Lanihau Center. Please park well away from the businesses, in the corner of the parking lot near Buns in the Sun. Others may meet at Pu’u Huluhulu parking lot across from Mauna Kea Access Road at 8:30 a.m. From here we will carpool to the trailhead which has limited parking.

For more information, please call 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 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!

Manuka State Park Nature Trail-August 21, 2010

manuka-extended-loopThe Kona Hiking Club will visit the Manuka State Park on Saturday, August 21. The park is 32 miles south of Kona between the 81 and 82 mile markers. The Manuka Natural Area Reserve covers 25,000 acres on the southwestern slope of Mauna Loa.

 

 

 

 

 

The name Manuka means “blundering” in the Hawaiian Language and was the name of the ancient land division ahupua`a that ran from a bay on the southwest side of the island up the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano. The arboretum of 8 acres was originally planted in the mid 1800s with native and introduced plants. It now contains 48 species of native Hawaiian plants and more than 130 species of other exotic plants and flowers, and is surrounded by the 25,000-acre Manuka Forest Reserve.

A 2 mile Nature Trail loop will be the regular hike, with the more adventuresome hikers going an additional 3 mile loop exploring to find several large pit craters. The hikers going on the longer hike should carry extra water. This can be a strenuous hike due to the altitude and humidity and uneven footing. Good hiking shoes are required as the trails are very rocky in several places.

Although it’s been dry lately, be prepared for rain and mosquitoes. There is ample shade with some open sunny areas. Participants must carry at least two liters of water per person. Closed-toed shoes, sun protection, lunch or snack, and hiking sticks are also recommended.

Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate in this hike. There is no charge, although carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline.

Carpoolers will meet at 7:45 a.m. and leave at 8:00 a.m. from Lanihau Center. Please park well away from the businesses, in the corner of the parking lot near Buns in the Sun. Others may meet at Manuka State Park at 9:20 a.m.

For more information, please call 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 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 Weather Observatory to North Pit-July 17, 2010

mauna-loa-steve mauna-loa-north-pitThe Kona Hiking Club will be hiking to the North Pit, the northern most edge of the summit crater of Mauna Loa at over 13,000’ on Saturday, July 17, 2010. We will travel by car to the Mauna Loa Weather Observatory located just above the 11,000’ level, spend one-half hour acclimatizing, then hike on a 4WD road to a point where it intersects the lava rock trail to our destination. We will take the trail for the return trip. The entire hike will take a minimum of seven hours. It is not planned that we will reach the actual summit, as that would add approximately two hours to the hike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a couple of internet links describing hikes on Mauna Loa:

http://www.instanthawaii.com/cgi-bin/hawaii?Hikes.loa

http://www.kinquest.com/misc/travel/trailguide.php

Please keep in mind that weather conditions can change rapidly on the mountain, and we may expect to encounter sunny clear skies to cold, dense fog and rain. Temperatures may be as low as 40 degrees. All of the same precautions apply to this hike as applied to the Mauna Kea hike last year as follows:

Apply sunscreen, wear sunglasses and protective clothing. Wrap around glasses are preferable due to wind, and layered clothing and long pants should be worn as temperatures can be as low as 40 degrees. Must bring 2 liters of water. Hiking sticks are recommended. Good sturdy hiking boots are a must. Bring a lunch and/or snacks.

No one with high blood pressure, heart or respiratory problems should attempt the hike.

Pregnant women should not participate.

Individuals in poor physical condition should not participate.

Children under the age of 16 will not be allowed to participate.

Do not drink alcohol prior to or during the hike.

Please be considerate and not participate if any of these conditions apply to you!

It is important to remember that the elevations at which we will be hiking can bring on altitude sickness including headaches, drowsiness, loss of balance, nausea, impaired reason and an altered mental state. Should any of these occur, it is imperative you notify the hike leader immediately and return down the mountain.

For those people wishing to carpool, meet at Lanihau Center near Buns in the Sun at 6am and depart by 6:15am. We will take Saddle Road and meet at the Mauna Loa Observatory Access Road, just east of Pu’u Huluhulu and the Mauna Kea Access Rd., at 8am, then caravan to the Observatory. This 17-mile road will take about 45 minutes, so with the half hour to acclimatize, we should begin hiking by 9:15 or 9:30am. There is no charge for carpooling, but carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs.

All members are welcome to bring guests, 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 be sure that everyone is prepare for the specific 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.

For additional information, please phone Alice at 322-6481 or 938-1491.

Hike Waipio Valley-June 21, 2010

waipio-valley-crossingOn MONDAY, June 21, 2010, we will be hiking the Waipio Valley floor, and the number of hikers will be limited to 25! A Waipio Valley resident has very kindly agreed to host and guide us on an approximately four-mile tour of the valley including the base of a waterfall. This will be a relatively easy hike on mostly flat terrain, dirt roads and trails and should last about two to three hours. Since the majority of the property in Waipio Valley is privately owned, this is a special opportunity for KHC folks to see areas usually off limits to the public.

 

 

Since, we will be hiking primarily on private property, it is imperative that the group stay together.

We will be crossing the river as well as several rocky bottomed creeks, so water shoes would be helpful.

Each hiker must bring at least 2 litres of water and snacks or lunch. A hat, sunscreen, boots or closed-toed shoes are also highly recommended as well as a hiking stick.

Hikers will meet at the Waipio Valley Visitors Overlook at 8am and travel in 4WD vehicles to the valley floor to begin the hike by 9am. Anyone able to provide a 4WD vehicle, please do so and advise the hike leader accordingly. You will be given preference as we are limited to 25 hikers. All-wheel drive vehicles will not be allowed down the road to the valley floor.

Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate. Those wishing to carpool may meet at the Lanihou Shopping Center near Buns in the Sun at 6:30 am and depart there by 6:45 am. There is no charge, but carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs.

To sign up for the hike, please phone Alice at 322-6481.

Miloli`i to Kakio Point and Puu Hinahina Bay-May 15, 2010

milolii-hinahina-bayThis hike will be approximately 8 miles roundtrip. This is not a hike for the faint of heart.

On Saturday, May 15, 2010 the Kona Hiking Club will hike a labyrinth of trails that traverse across beautiful sandy beaches, thorny keawe forest, a’a and pahoehoe lava fields in the Miloli’i area. The hike will be roundtrip approximately 8 miles in length along a coastline trail. There will be an opportunity to view Ahole Holua (Slide) and where the Hawaiian ancestors lived along the coastal shores of Hawaii. This hike will be relatively level with approximately 0.0’ -100’ elevation gain starting from the shorelines of Miloli`i. For more info about the area:

 

http://travelingluck.com/North+America/United+States/Hawaii/_5856054_Holua+Slide.html#local_map
Although the shoreline is rocky, there is access to 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. On one section we need to cross along the high tide line for a short distance while staying close to a private property wall. Depending on the tides this could be wet. Be prepared to get wet or remove shoes.

Each hiker must bring at least 2 liters of waterand may bring any snacks or food you desire, a hat, sunscreen, closed-toed shoes although hiking boots and hiking sticks are highly recommended. The keawe forest section has many thorns that can easily penetrate soft soled shoes.

From Kona, drive approximately 30 miles south to around Mile Marker 89, Turn right onto Miloli’i Road, drive approximately 5 miles to the end of Miloli`i and park at Miloli`i Beach Park in designated parking area.

We will meet in the parking area at the end of Miloli`i Drive at 7:30 a.m. There will be two carpool locations for participants desiring to do so. One group will meet at 6:00 a.m. at Keauhou Shopping Center in Keauhou and depart no later than 6:15 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 6:15 a.m. and depart by 6:30 a.m. The Center is located on Mamalahoa Hwy. at the intersection of Kiloa Rd. between the 110 and 109 mile markers. Hike leaders will not be present at the Kealakekua carpool location. 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 Alice at 938-1491 or 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!

Kauhola Point Lighthouse to Kapanai’a Bay-April 17, 2010

The Kona Hiking Club will hike to the Kauhola Point Lighthouse and then on to Kapanai’a Bay on Saturday, April 17. The beach is pebbly and the surf rocky and murky so swimming is not recommended. No lifeguards will be present. Total hike distance will be six to seven miles over moderate terrain and will take between three and four hours hiking time.

 

We will drive to the lighthouse area and then hike to our destination and return the same way. The road to the lighthouse requires four-wheel drive vehicles, so anyone able to provide one please do so.

While erosion and some landslides have changed the shoreline since our last hike to the area in 2007, it remains a beautiful hike with only one deep, steep ravine. Hiking a bit more on a dirt road than in the past is also necessary.

The area may be warm and windy; however, be prepared for rain as well. There is ample shade. Participants must carry at least two liters of water per person. Closed-toed shoes, sun protection, lunch or snack, and a hiking stick are also recommended.

Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate in this hike. There is no charge, although carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline. No pets are allowed.

Carpoolers will meet at 6:45 a.m. and leave at 7:00 a.m. from Lanihau Center. Please park well away from the businesses, in the corner of the parking lot near Buns in the Sun. Others may meet at 9 a.m. at the old mill parking area, about ½ mile makai of Highway 270 on Mill Road.

To get to the meeting point, proceed north from Kailua-Kona on the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway to its intersection with Highways 270 & 19. Turn left towards Kawaihae and follow the signs to Hawi. Continue on highway 270 through Hawi and Kapa’au, to approximately the 24 ½ mile marker, and turn left on Mill Road (just past Halaula Road). There is no street sign, but there is an ATV business at this intersection, which comes before Arakawa Store and the Middle School. Proceed ½ mile to the parking area near old mill buildings. From there we will carpool down the narrow 4WD road to the Lighthouse where we will park and begin the hike on to Kapanai’a Bay.

For more information, please 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 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!