September 21, 2017

Pu`u Wa`awa`a-September 20, 2014

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, September 20. 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.

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.

Here is the link for the trails we will bw hiking.http://www.puuwaawaa.org/files/Ohiacone.pdf

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. 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, stop at the kiosk on the left and sign the park register and then continue on the road and park near the Hunter Check Station on the right allowing space for additional vehicles.

If you have any questions, 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!

Weliweli Point to Kiholo Bay-October 18, 2014

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On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the Kona Hiking Club will hike the Ala Kahakai Trail from Weliweli Point to Kiholo Bay one way 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 rare golden anchaline 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 Kiholo Bay where we can lunch and also swim if desired.

Here is a google map of the area we will be hiking:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Weliweli+Point,+Puako,+HI+96738/@19.8748751,-155.908924,11022m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x79547705fdd03b65:0x75895edc87121608?hl=en-US

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 liters of water per person, wear closed-toe shoes or hiking boots, sun protection and a snack or lunch. A hiking stick is preferable.  Please make sure the soles of your shoes are firmly attached as this is rough lava and there have been occurences in the past of hikers losing their soles. Typically duct tape is a quick fix, but the lave surface is too rough for the duct tape to last very long.  Also, a pair of reef shoes is recommended if you choose to swim in the anchaline ponds.  You might also want to pack a snorkel.

We will meet in the parking area on the makai side at the 81mm at 8:30 am where we will leave most of the cars and carpool to the 78mm parking area to begin the hike. Please be prepared to either be the carpool driver or be carpooled.   Those wishing to carpool from Kona should meet at Lanihau Center in Kailua-Kona near Buns in the Sun at 7:30 am to depart by 7:45 am. Be prepared to organize carpooling with fellow hikers as there may not be a hike leader present.  While there is no charge for carpooling, participants should contribute toward the cost of gasoline.

For further information, contact Kathleen at 557-9246.

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!

Kiholo Bay Service Project-Nature Conservancy-Nov 15, 2014-RSVP Now!

Ka Loko o KiholoRSVP required by November 1 for this upcoming event on Saturday November 15-after Nov. 1 contact TNC directly:

NOTE:  TNC had to rechedule this project from October 18 to November 15.  Hope you can join us.

Kona Hiking Club is partnering with The Nature Conservancy for Ka Loko o Kīholo Restoration Work Day on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 for our annual Kona Hiking Club service project from 9:00am – 2:00pm

This is a special opportunity to access an area closed to the general public.

A hike will be offered after the project for those who haven’t expended all their energy on the service work.  🙂

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 TNC plan the best use of their resources for the day.

Scroll down for information about the project and what you need to bring with you.  Remember to check back here before the event for any changes or updates.

Hope to see you all soon!

 Kathleen

To contact TNC directly after November 1:

Rebecca Most
Marine Coordinator, Hawai`i Island
The Nature Conservancy
PO Box 241
Kailua-Kona, HI 96745

Cell 808-741-4584
rmost@tnc.org 
Please join The Nature Conservancy for a volunteer work day at Kīholo Fishpond. With your kokua, we will be revitalizing the fishponds of Kīholo by removing invasive vegetation from the pond edge and clearing old debris. Our efforts to clean up the fishponds will make space for native plants to thrive, reduce sediment inputs into the fishpond, and improve water quality for fish to grow.

Please RSVP (rmost@tnc.org) by Thursday November 13.
Feel free to share this invitation with friends and ohana.

Directions and details will be emailed the day before the event.
The gate will be open from 8:30am-9:00am, and from 2:00pm-2:30pm.

To get to Kiholo Bay 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.  Almost to the end of the road there will be a big iron gate on right where we will meet the TNC folks.

Potluck Lunch (12:00-1:00pm)
Drinks, Water & Rice will be provided

Please bring:
Hat/sunscreen/Bathing Suit
Hiking Boots/Tabis (Water Shoes)
Gloves
Protective Clothing
Water Bottle
Hand tools
Beach Chair

Pu`u Wa`awa`a-December 20, 2014

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, December 20. This is a challenging hike.

(We were not able to do this hike in September since the park was only open for hunters that day.)

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.

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.

Here is the link for the trails we will bw hiking.http://www.puuwaawaa.org/files/Ohiacone.pdf

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 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 16, 2014

manuka-extended-loopThe Kona Hiking Club will visit the Manuka State Park on Saturday, August 16. 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. There will not be a hike leader present, so prepare to organize carpooling with fellow hikers.  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!

`Iole’s Bond Forest and Upland Loop Trails-July 19, 2014

Bond ForestNM-Hikers-over-the-hillThe 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, July 19. 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  choice 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 8:30 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 and/or snacks. Hiking sticks may also be useful on the downhill portion.  You may choose to enjoy your lunch at the park near the car parking area after the hike, food items may be left in the cars.

Those desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at Lanihau Center, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun, away from businesses. Carpoolers should meet at 7:00 a.m., be prepared to organize themselves if no hike leader is present, and depart no later than 7:15 a.m. Carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs.

For more information,  please call Joan at 987-1869.

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!

Pu’u La’au Road to Summit of Ahumoa-June 21, 2014

puu-ahumoa-2On Saturday, June 21, the Kona Hiking Club will hike up Pu’u La’au Road to the summit of Ahumoa, a large cinder cone visible from the Saddle Road. This hike is an easy to moderate 4 mile (round trip) hike on a 4-wheel drive road with some rough and deep ruts. The hike will take approximately 2+ hours. The elevation here is approximately 7000 feet.

Ahumoa is located on the southwest slope of Mauna Kea within the Ka’ohe Game Management area. We will be entering a hunting area – it is important to stay on the road/trail and dress appropriately in bright, colorful clothes. The route passes through open Mamane-Naio-Iliahi 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. On a clear day, walking around the summit of Ahumoa offers 360-degree views of the Big Island.

We will meet at 9:00 a.m. near the Kilohana Hunter Check-in Station at the 43.5 mile marker just off Saddle Road (Hwy. 200). When coming from Kailua-Kona on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, turn left and the check-in station is on the right side of Saddle Road. Directly across Saddle Road (on the left  side), is a large graded area where we will meet and leave most of the vehicles. Park on any unvegetated area adjacent to the road.

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

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at Lanihau Center at 7:45 a.m., and depart no later than 8:00 a.m. Please park well away from the businesses in the corner of the parking lot near Buns in the Sun.  A club leader may not be at the carpooling area; so hikers should organize themselves for a timely departure. Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate. There is no charge, but 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 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-May 17, 2014

honuaula-makahiSaturday, May 17, 2014, 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!

Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge Restoration Overnight Project at Mauna Kea, May 10-11 2014-Must RSVP!

Hawaii Akepa on OhiaVolunteer at Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge, May 10-11.

Kona Hiking Club is joining with Ellen Jacobs (EJ) in helping to restore this beautiful refuge.

Accommodations in a cozy bunkhouse, contact the sponsor, Ellen Jacobs @ emjacobs2001@yahoo.com for info.

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hakalau_forest/

 

Coastal Hike to Kona Village Resort – April 19, 2014

Kuki`o Bay

The Kona Hiking Club will take a shoreline hike to Kona Village Resort on Saturday, April 19. The hike will be approximately 4 – 6 miles in length roundtrip (out and back), over mostly sandy shoreline for the first 2 miles.  An extended one mile hike  (2 mile roundtrip) will be offered for the more adventurous that want to continue along the rocky shoreline to more sandy areas at Ka`upulehu before returning to Kakapa Bay.

We will be hiking along the beaches of Kuki`o and Four Seasons Resorts. Prepare to make the most of the day and enjoy a swim and/or picnic.

Due to limited public parking on a first come first serve basis, participants are asked to carpool from Lanihau Center if possible.  This hike will only be limited by the amount of available parking spaces.

Hikers should expect hot conditions and bring at least 2 liters of water per person, along with sun protection and lunch. Sturdy boots, a hat, and hiking stick are recommended.  No childlren or pets will be allowed.

Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate, and there is no charge. Participants should meet at 7:00 a.m. at Kapaka Bay parking lot. Driving north from Kailua on Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy, turn left on Kukio Nui Drive, the first turn after Kua Bay just before 87 mile marker.  Drive to the guard shack and ask for public access to Kakapa Bay.  Follow the public access road toward the ocean.

http://www.satelliteviews.net/cgi-bin/g.cgi?fid=359967&state=HI&ftype=bay

Those desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at Lanihau Center, in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun, away from businesses. Carpoolers should meet at 6:15 a.m., be prepared organize themselves if no hike leader is present, and depart no later than 6:30 a.m. Carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs. 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!