November 22, 2017

Green Sand Beach-November 16, 2013

green sand beachThe Kona Hiking Club will hike to Green Sand Beach at South Point on Saturday, November 16. 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 an old hut.

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 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 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!

Pololu Valley Awini Trail- December 21, 2013

pololu-awini-trailFor our December hike, the Kona Hiking Club will hike the Pololu (“long spear”) Valley Awini Trail on Saturday, December 21.

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.

Donations toward the upkeep of the website are always appreciated.

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

Ka`u Forest Reserve Service Project-Nature Conservancy-Oct 19,2013

kona-hema-reserveRSVP required by September 21 for this upcoming event on October 19-after Sept 21 contact TNC directly:

Kona Hiking Club is partnering with The Nature Conservancy at the Ka’u Preserve for a Kaiholena Volunteer Day on Saturday, October 19th, 2013 for our annual Kona Hiking Club service project from 7:00am – 3:00pm

To contact TNC directly:

John Replogle
jreplogle@tnc.org, or his phone at 936-7161

 

The exact work to be done in Ka’u those days is still to be decided by what needs to be done. Please come and hear all of the latest news for the Ka’u Preserve, John’s latest stories, and to experience a truly amazing place. I will be sending out more details on the days – but please mark your calendars if you think you might be able to join us. Meet in the parking lot in front of Island Market in downtown Naalehu.

For the Ka’u event, please bring the usual things; clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, closed-toe shoes, rain gear, water, and always remember John’s #1 rule of going into the forest (after safety of course) Never leave your lunch behind!

To sign up please RSVP either by email konahikingclub@gmail.com or call me at 557-9246 to confirm you will be able to join us and to help us determine the available amount of seats in the 4WD’s.  If you have a 4WD and can help transport hikers, please contact me immediately with the available amount of seats.

Space is limited by amount of seats available.  First come first serve.

Hope to see you all soon!

Kathleen

 

If you are interested in giving of your services on an earlier date The Nature Conservancy has the following event:

Ka’u Preserve

Kaiholena Volunteer Day

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

7:00am – 3:00pm

The exact work to be done both days in Ka’u those days are still to be decided by what needs to be done. Please come and hear all of the latest news for the Ka’u Preserve, John’s latest stories, and to experience a truly amazing place. I will be sending out more details on the days – but please mark your calendars if you think you might be able to join us. Meet in the parking lot in front of Island Market in downtown Naalehu.

For the Ka’u days, please bring the usual things; clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, closed-toe shoes, rain gear, water, and always remember John’s #1 rule of going into the forest (after safety of course) Never leave your lunch behind!

To sign up for the Saturday, September 28th, 2013 please either

email Linda SCHUBERT <lschubert@TNC.ORG>;

or call Linda at 443.5401 to confirm you will be able to join them.

 

 

 

Kaheawai Trail-September 21, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013, the Kona Hiking Club will hike through Manuka Natural Area Reserve on Mauna Loa to a scenic ocean view.The hike on the Kaheawai traditional 12 mile round trip trail to the coast will be about 6 miles round trip total with an elevation change of about 1000’. Starting elevation is 1900′. The surface is relatively good, but rocky. Hike is moderate with a workout on the uphill return.

Meet at Manuka State Wayside Park parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Driving time approx 1 hour from Kailua Kona

 

We will carpool from Manuka State Wayside Park then head south 2/10ths mile past mm80 and park on makai side of road close to trail head. This is a well marked trail: gradual down hill going, uphill return. The hike is through Ohia trees along a large gulch almost the entire way. About 1 hour into hike, we’ll come upon a view point of ocean and coast line where we can view the distant pu`us. Guestimated distance: 3 miles each way. Return to cars about 12:30 p.m. Prepare to return to Manuka State Park for our lunch break.

DLNR’s NARS team is working in this area to control high priority invasive species and to restore native species.

Here’s a video of a hike done on this trail:

Kona carpoolers can meet at Keauhou Shopping Center on the makai side of Longs Drugs. 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 present at this location. Be prepared to organize your own carpool by 7:15
and leave by 7:30 AM.

The weather is somewhat unpredictable, so be prepared for rain, although hot, sunny weather is probable with hopefully some cloud cover. Hikers should wear closed toed shoes, carry hiking sticks and bring at least two liters of water, snacks/lunch, and sunscreen.

For more info 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!

 

*Prior to each hike, all participants are required to sign the following waiver:

“I understand that the areas that the Kona Hiking Club will be visiting today can be dangerous on account of natural conditions or the activities or negligence of man. I realize that the hike organizers are untrained volunteers, and have no expertise in navigation, first aid, rescue, or dealing with emergency situations, beyond that of the average hiker. Therefore, I assume full responsibility for my own safety. I acknowledge that the hike organizers, property owners, and lessees are not liable should I sustain injury, death, or property damage, whether caused by gross negligence or accident.”

Ka`u Forest Reserve Waterfall Hike-August 18, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013, the Kona Hiking Club will hike through Ka`u Forest Reserve to a waterfall in the beautiful upland rainforest on Mauna Loa.

The hike will be about 6 miles total with an elevation change of about 1200’. Starting elevation is 1800′. The surface is relatively good grassy jeep road that leads to a gauging station on the western branch of Hīlea Gulch.

We will access the Ka`u Forest Reserve trailhead by way of a 4WD road above Na`alehu. The forest is a very important watershed for the Ka`u district.

Much work has been done in this mesic and wet forest by The Nature Conservancy within its four preserves to control high priority invasive species.

There are four native-dominated natural communities in the Ka‘ū Forest Reserve:

(1) Koa/‘Ōhi‘a Montane Mesic Forest

(2) Koa/‘Ōhi‘a Montane Wet Forest

(3) ‘Ōhi‘a Montane Wet Forest

(4) ‘Ōhi‘a Lowland Wet Forest

We will be hiking in the last two areas which abuts Nature Conservancy’s Kaiholena Unit.

The mesic and wet forests of the Ka‘ū region are home to at least 12 known species of rare plants and several native birds.

For more detailed info go to:

http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/napp/Kau%20LRMP%20FINAL-NARSC.pdf

Hikers should meet at 9:00 am at the Punalu`u Bakery in Na`alehu and we will 4WD convoy from there. There is a very limited parking area at the trailhead so we will try to fit hikers in as few 4WD/AWD vehicles as possible. Please contact us if you can provide a 4WD or AWD high clearance vehicle to transport hikers to the trailhead. Kona 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 present at this location. Be prepared to organize your own carpool by 7:15 and leave by 7:30 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/lunch, and sunscreen.

Must RSVP to Kathleen Johnson at 557-9246 by evening of August 15.

 

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-July 20, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 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!

Palm Trail Loop at Kahuku unit of HVNP-June 15, 2013

kahuku-hvnpOn Saturday, June 15, 2013 the Kona Hiking Club will visit the Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

“Palm Trail Hike” is an easy 2.6 mile, loop traversing scenic pasture along an ancient cinder cone, with highlights that include relics of the ranching era, sections of remnant native forest and fascinating volcanic features from the 1868 eruptive fissures.

 

An additional Forested Pit Crater Loop hike about 2.5 mi. in length will be offered if enough 4WD or AWD vehicles are available. 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 Forested Pit Crater Loop hike is the very deep pit crater that is home to the Amakihi and Apapane native birds.

Here are some links to help you with your enjoyment of this newer unit of HVNP:

http://www.bigislandguru.com/hvnp-section-7-kahuka-unit.html

http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/upload/Kahuku-Forest-Trail-Guide.pdf

We will have our lunch/snack break at along the trail. 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.

We will meet at 9:00 AM at the Kahuku gate at Kahuku Rd (mauka) located between 71mm & 70mm and park near the restroom. There Palm Trailhead is accessible by 2WD vehicles.

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!

Pu`u Wa`awa`a Educational Hike-May 18, 2013

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 18. This is a moderately 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 representative for the area will be on hand to speak with our group regarding the area and the native outplantings.

 

This hike is limited to 25 hikers due to the educational permit restrictions. Hikers must RSVP.

The uphill section of the trail we are hiking is approximately 2.5 miles long and climbs 1,100 feet to the summit at 3,967 ft. for a total hike of 5 miles with a steep incline and decline. Included in this is an additional guided educational loop tour trail at the top of the pu`u. For those hikers that have tried this hike before but just couldn’t do the last steep uphill, we have arranged a 4WD option to the top. Or as it may be needed for those with knee challenges back down from the top.

Watch the 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 liters 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. For carpooling , please phone Alice 322-6481 or 938-1491. 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 Hiker Check Station allowing space for additional vehicles.

If you have any questions and to RSVP, 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!

Kauhola Point Lighthouse Site to Kapanai’a Bay-April 20, 2013

The Kona Hiking Club will hike to the Kauhola Point Lighthouse site and then on to Kapanai’a Bay on Saturday, April 20. The lighthouse site is near the northernmost tip of the island. On December 12, 2009, this structure was demolished due to erosion near its base. 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, 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 or 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!

Puako Boat Ramp north to Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Area-March 16, 2013

puako-puukoholaThe 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, March 16.

 

 

 

The hike will be approximately 4 miles in length one way. Although the hike is considered moderately easy, we will be hiking at medium to low tide over wet coral/lava and across some exposed red dirt jeep trails. Also, we will be hiking the beaches past many major resorts.

 

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.

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.

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 leader/representative will be present. Be prepared to offer your own car for carpool if necessary. Carpoolers are encouraged to chip-in for gasoline. For carpool info contact Alice at 322-6481 or 938-1491. For more information about the hike, before March 10, call Kathleen at 557-9246. After March 14, 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 Konahikingclub.com 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!