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Pebble Beach to Old Fishing Village-December 17, 2011

pebble beachOn Saturday, December 17, 2011, the Kona Hiking Club will hike from Pebble Beach (Kaohe) to an old fishing village. On the way back to Pebble Beach we will hike to the top of a pu`u at the edge of the shoreline. This pu`u is refered to as Pig Pu`u by one resident.

 

 

 

 

 

We will hike 1 ½ miles along a shoreline trail to old fishing village for a total of 3 miles roundtrip. This hike is moderate due to lack of shade and hot and dry conditions and the climb up the pu`u. Swimming/snorkeling is possible at a pebble beach, conditions permitting; however, no lifeguard is available.

We will have our long lunch/snack break at this spot. Hikers need to be prepared for potentially warm, sunny weather and/or rainy weather. Wear closed-toed shoes, hat, bring hiking sticks, binoculars, sun protection, lunch or snack and at least two liters of water per person.

For some interesting reading about the area: http://web.me.com/ldmarten/Photos/Kaohe_Bay.html

http://www.araidesign.com/ili-ili/IliIliBeach.html

Those wishing to carpool from Kailua-Kona will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Keauhou Shopping Center in Keauhou across from Long’s and depart no later than 7:45 a.m. Please park well away from the businesses. For questions about carpooling from this location call Alice at 322-6481. Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate — there is no charge. Carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs.

Participants must call for details as the number of cars allowed to park in this private subdivision will be limited.

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!

Ancient Hawaiian Trail to Pohue Bay-November 19, 2011

pohue-petroglyphs pohue-bayOn Saturday, November 19, 2011, the Kona Hiking Club will hike the Ancient Hawaiian Trail to Pohue Bay.

The Sierra Club is also hiking this trail the same day. We will be hiking in two separate groups and meeting at Pohue Bay. The leader of the Sierra Club hike is very knowledgeable about this area and is excited to share that knowledge.

We will hike two miles down the ancient mauka-makai trail to historic Pohue Bay for a total of 4 miles roundtrip. This hike is strenuous due to lack of shade and hot and dry conditions. Swimming is possible at a coconut-tree-lined white sand beach, conditions permitting; however, no lifeguard is available.

We will have our long lunch/snack break at this spot. Hikers need to be prepared for potentially warm, sunny weather and/or rainy weather. Wear closed-toed shoes, hat, bring hiking sticks, binoculars, sun protection, lunch or snack and at least two liters of water per person.

For some interesting reading about the area: http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/env_mng/ovts/Appendix%203%20Archaeology.pdf

A highlight of the hike will be the petroglyphs along the trail.

We will meet at 9:00 AM at Manuka State Park located near 81mm and park away from the restrooms. From here we will carpool to the trailhead.

Those wishing to carpool from Kailua-Kona will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Keauhou Shopping Center in Keauhou across from Long’s and depart no later than 7:45 a.m. Please park well away from the businesses. For questions about carpooling from this location call Alice at 322-6481. 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!

Kalopa State Park Trail Revitalization Day-October 15, 2011

kalopa-revitalization-dayKHC’s October 15th hike will be a trail maintenence and hike day in celebration of Trail Revitalization Day/ Highways Act of 1892.

 

 

 

 

See the links below for more information about the highways act. It’s important that we use the trails that others have thought important enough secure for future generations to use.

 

 

 

 

What better way is there to show our appreciation than helping to maintain the beautiful land where we live and play? Malama `Aina — Care for the Land

 

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-features/happy-trails-you.html

http://www6.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/nah/Highways%20Act%20Summary.pdf

We are joining with several other hiking organizations to revitalize the trails at Kalopa State Park. Kalopa has cabins that may be available to rent for those who want to extend their weekend fun and not drive back to Kona the same day. There is also tent camping space.

http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/hawaii/index.cfm?park_id=45

What:
To commemorate “Lā Ho`āla Ala Hele” (Trail Revitalization Day) E Mau Nā Ala Hele in partnership with the Kona Hiking Club will remove invasive weeds from the Nature Trail in Kalopā State Recreation Area in Hāmākua District. The Nature Trail loops through a forested area filled with native trees, shrubs and ferns.

We will have a potluck lunch following the service project and after lunch there are many hiking trails to choose from within the 616-acre recreation area.

When:
Meet at the park pavilion at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 15

Bring:
Gloves, hand tools such as loppers, clippers and rippers, covered shoes, drinking water, rain gear just in case, something for the potluck lunch

The park’s street address is 44-3480 Kalaniai Rd. See attached map and photos.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Kalopa+State+Recreation+Area,+Honokaa,+HI&hl=en&ll=20.035774,-155.443153&spn=0.084668,0.12085&sll=20.035707,-155.443068&sspn=0.042334,0.060425&vpsrc=6&t=m&z=13

Call Kathleen at 557-9246, if you have questions.

 

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!

`Iole’s Bond Forest and Upland Loop Trails-September 17, 2011

iole-bond-forestThe Kona Hiking Club will explore the beautiful Bond Forest Trail at `Iole formerly known as New Moon Foundation in the north Kohala Mountains on Saturday, September 17. This Bond Forest Trail hike is approximately 4 miles. The first half is a steady uphill climb via the Upland Loop (~400’ elevation gain) to the Bond Forest Trail which is a .8 mile uphill loop. We will return on the via the opposite side of the Upland Loop Trail. For those hikers wishing to explore more there is a chioce of two gulch trails closer to the `Iole offices.

 

 

 

`Iole 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.

Meeting time is at 8 a.m. Please arrive promptly for pre-hike announcements and signing of waivers for both the Kona Hiking Club and `Iole. Please allow approximately 1 1/4 hours for the drive from the Kona area by way of Hwys 19 & 270.

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. Bring your lunch to be enjoyed at the park near the car parking area, 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 6:45 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.

For questions 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 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!

Honuaula Forest Reserve Makaula O’oma Tract-August 20, 2011

honuaula-makahiSaturday, August 20, 2011, the Kona Hiking Club will hike through Honuaula 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 Makahi Street, goes through Honuaula Forest Reserve and returns via “Jurassic Park Trail” to Makahi Street. 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 7:30 am at the Makahi Street Trailhead off Kaloko Dr. Although, there is a sizeable parking area, carpooling is recommended. Carpoolers can meet at Lanihau Shopping Center near Buns in the Sun. Please park away from the businesses. While there is no charge for carpooling, anyone doing so is encouraged to chip in for gasoline. A hike leader may or may not be at this location. Be prepared to organize your own carpool and leave by 7:10 am.

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!

Kona Hiking Club to Visit Kalopa Forest Park-July 16, 2011

kalopa-revitalization-dayThe Kona Hiking Club will walk the trails in Kalopa Native Forest Park and Forest Preserve on Saturday, July 16. 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 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.

 

Check these links for interesting info:

http://katherinejohnson.net/2010/09/14/hiking-kalopa-state-park-big-island-hawaii/

http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/hawaii/kalopa.cfm

http://www.hawaiiweb.com/hawaii/html/sites/kalopa_native_forest_state_park.html

Wet conditions and muddy, slippery trails are common here. Hikers should wear closed-toed shoes. Wear bright colored clothing as there may be hunters in the area. A hiking stick and rain gear are also recommended. In addition, hikers should carry two quarts of water per person and trail snacks. There aren’t many mosquitoes but insect repellent is recommended for people who are mosquito magnets. 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 9:00 a.m at the picnic pavillion parking lot. 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 7:00 and depart by 7:15 a.m. A hike leader will be present at the carpool meeting point. Please be prompt.

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 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 Laau Road to Summit of Ahumoa-June 18, 2011

puu-ahumoaOn Saturday, June 18, the Kona Hiking Club will hike Puu Laau Road to the summit of Ahumoa. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. across the road from the Kilohana Hunter Station at the 43.5 mile marker just off Saddle Road (Hwy. 200). Cars may park on any unvegetated area adjacent to the road. Carpooling is encouraged. This hike is an easy to moderate (7042 elevation) 4 mile (round trip) hike on a 4-wheel drive road with some rough and deep ruts. The hike itself will take approximately 2+ hours.

 

 

Ahumoa is located on the southwest slope of Mauna Kea within the Kaohe Game Management area. Please take into consideration we will be entering a hunting area and stay on roads and dress appropriately in bright, colorful clothes. The road and trail pass through open Mamane-Naio-Niliahi 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. Walking around the summit of Ahumoa offers 360-degree views of Big Island, especially on a clear day.

Some interesting info: http://darkerview.com/darkview/index.php?/archives/2316-Riding-Ahumoa.html

http://books.google.com/books – Frommer’s Best Hiking Trips in Hawaii – Pu`u Ahumoa.

Dress appropriately: colorful attire, long pants/shirt, hiking boots recommended; sun protection, lunch/snacks, water (recommend 2 liters), binoculars for possible bird viewing and hiking stick will aid you on this hike. Although the hike is planned for an early start to avoid rain there is always a possibility of rain, so come prepared with appropriate rain gear.

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at Lanihau Center, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun, away from businesses. Although a Club leader will be at the carpooling area; carpoolers should meet at 6:45 a.m., help to organize themselves, and depart no later than 7:00 a.m.

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 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-May 21, 2011

huehue-lava-tubes The Kona Hiking Club will hike over and through the lava tubes north of the Keahole Kona Airport on Saturday, May 21, 2011. 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.

Kona Hiking Club explores Hu`ehu`e Lava Tubes

Much of the airport runway is built on a relatively recent lava flow: the 1801 Huʻehuʻe flow from Hualalai. This flow extended the shoreline out an estimated 1 mile, adding some 1.5 sq miles of land to the island and creating Keahole Point. Eighteen lava tubes were filled in to create the airport.

For more information, Google “lava tubes near Keahole airport”.

http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/HCV/hualalai.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hual%C4%81lai

Hikers should be prepared for very hot conditions. Each person must carry at least 2 liters of water. Also recommended is sun protection, snack, and a hiking stick.

Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate in this outing. There is no charge, although carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline. 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. Carpoolers will organize themselves here and should depart no later than 7:15 a.m. It’s possible that one hike leader will be at the carpool location. Others may meet at the lava tube just past the 91 mile marker on the mauka side of Queen Kaahumanu Highway at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call Kathleen at 557-9246.

NOTE: For those wishing to extend their adventure for the day with a picnic or walk along the beach, the road to Mahaiula and Kaelehuluhulu Beaches at Kekaha Kai State Park is just north of the lava tubes. Don’t forget your swim gear, towel, snorkel, reef shoes, etc. 🙂

 

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 Bay-April 16, 2011

kiholo-bayThe Kona Hiking Club will hike to Kiholo Bay on Saturday, April 16, 2011. We will begin by hiking a 4WD road to the ocean from the highway, then following the coast north with an opportunity to swim in its beautiful lagoon. From there we will go south along the coastline stopping at the Queen’s Bath for special swim experience and our lunch/snack break. After our break those who want to continue on south will enjoy the views of some beautiful black sand beaches. We will then return to our cars. Those who wish to stay and hang out are welcome to plan to do so. The hike will be approximately 4 miles in length (round trip) over some sometimes rough, but moderate terrain.

 

Hikers will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Loretta Lynn (round) house at Kiholo Bay. To get there take the unpaved public access road which is just south of the Scenic Overlook on the makai side between the 82mm & 83mm on Queen Ka’ahumanu highway. As you get closer to the ocean, the road to the left will take you to the round house. From here we will carpool to the start of the trail to Kiholo Bay, just south of the 81 mile marker. For more information, follow this link: http://www.letsgohawaii.com/beaches/kiholobay.html

 

Hikers should be prepared for very hot conditions. Each person must carry at least 2 liters of water. Also recommended are sturdy boots, sun protection, lunch, and a hiking stick. For those wishing to swim don’t forget your swim gear, towel, snorkel, reef shoes, etc. Sorry, no pets allowed.

 

Visitors as well as residents are invited to participate in this outing. There is no charge, although carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline. Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at 8:15 a.m. at Lanihau Center, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun, but well away from the businesses. Carpoolers will organize themselves here and should depart no later than 8:30 a.m. It’s possible that one hike leader will be at the carpool location. For more information, 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!

Forested Pit Crater Loop at Kahuku unit of HVNP-March 19, 2011

forested-pit-craterOn Saturday, March 19, 2011, the Kona Hiking Club will visit the Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Forested Pit Crater Loop hike is about 2.5 mi. in length with an optional 1-1/2 mile on Palm Loop.
Here is a link to help you with your enjoyment of this newer unit of HVNP: http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku_hikes.htm

The trail follows grassy (sometimes deep) pastureland roads lined some native plants with a gradual 400’ elevation increase. A 4WD is recommended for driving the 6 mile road from the main gate to the trailhead although AWD does very well as well as higher clearance cars with good tires.

The highlight of the hike will be the very deep Forested Pit Crater that is home to the Amakihi and Apapane native birds. We will have our lunch/snack break at this spot. Hikers need to be prepared for potentially warm, sunny weather and/or rainy weather. Wear closed-toed shoes, bring hiking sticks, binoculars, sun protection, lunch or snack and at least two liters of water per person. NO DOGS ALLOWED.

We will meet at 9:00 AM at the Kahuku gate at Kahuku Rd (mauka) located between 71mm & 70mm and park near the restroom where those without appropriate 4WD or AWD will have the opportunity to carpool to the trailhead.

Those wishing to carpool from Kailua-Kona will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Keauhou Shopping Center in Keauhou across from Long’s and depart no later than 7:45 a.m. Please park well away from the businesses. 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!