June 22, 2017

Kohana`iki shoreline and historic Mamalahoa Trail – March 15, 2014

the beautiful beach at Kohanaiki Beach ParkOn Saturday, March 15, 2014, the Kona Hiking Club will visit the new Kohana`iki Beach Park and hike on historic trails in the vicinity.

This loop hike is about 5 miles total.  The route is mostly flat, with a few very short but rough ascents and descents.  Approximately half of it will be across a lava field on the Ala Mamalahoa (also referred to as Ala Loa, Ala Nui, or “King’s Trail”).  The trail is “improved”, but still consists entirely of uneven rock underfoot, and there is no shade.

The route then takes us briefly into the northern portion of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park on the Ala Nui Kaloko and the Ala Hele Po’e Kahiko, after which we will continue along the shoreline on the Ala Kahakai.  There will be some shade along the shoreline.  The walking surface there is mostly sand, with some paved portions.

Hikers need to be prepared for potentially hot, sunny weather, especially when we are traversing the Ala Mamalahoa. Wind, rain or overcast are also possible, but it is not likely to be cold.  Wear closed-toed shoes, bring sun protection, lunch or snack, and at least two liters of water per person.  Hiking sticks are highly recommended.

We will meet at 7:00 a.m. in the first public parking area at Kohana`iki Beach Park.  The road to Kohana`iki is on the makai side of Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway between Hulikoa Drive and NEHLA (OTEC).  Kohana`iki Drive is marked with white pylons on the makai side of the highway, and yellow pylons in the center of the highway.  If you are coming from town, you will need to go past it and turn around legally at NEHLA.

Follow Kohana’iki Drive (beach park public access road) about 1.2 miles out to the ocean.   As soon as you get to the water, there is a small guard shack on the left, and a public parking lot on the right.  This is our meeting point.

Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at 6:15 a.m. at Lanihau Center, and should depart no later than 6:30 a.m.  Please park well away from the businesses in the corner of the parking lot near Buns in the Sun. A hike leader may not be present, so be prepared to organize your own carpool, if necessary.  Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate — there is no charge.  However, carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward gasoline costs.

An informative brochure about the plants, animals, historical, and cultural aspects of this area is available at: http://www.kohanaiki.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/KohanaikiNatureGuide.pdf

For further information, call Ruby at 987-0200.

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!

Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project at Ka’ohe, March 16 2014–Must RSVP!

mkfrplogocolorlargeThis project/hike has 2 openings currently available.  If you are still interested contact KHC as soon as possible to receive the waiver forms in time.  Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project’s Spring Outplanting season is fast approaching. We’d like to send you a special invitation.  Join MKFRP on Mauna Kea as they thaw out of winter and start their planting season on Mauna Kea. We’ll be planting māmane, ‘a‘ali‘i, ‘āweoweo and other species at the Ka‘ohe Restoration Area. We’ll be working at about 6,500 feet on the southwestern slope of Mauna Kea and we’ll keep a look out for a palila or two!
Kona Hiking Club is joining with the Sierra for an outplanting on the planting date below.  Please let me know, RSVP now, if you are interested. These tend to fill up quickly so let me know soon!
Call Kathleen @ 557-9246 or email konahikingclub@gmail.com
Ka‘ohe Restoration Area
Day Trips, off Saddle Road
  • Sunday, March 16

Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay-February 15, 2014–Must RSVP!

capt-cook-markerOn Saturday, February 15, 2014, the Kona Hiking Club will visit the Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay.  RSVP now, hike is limited to 20 hikers! The hike is about 4 mi. roundtrip in length with an additional 1-1/2 mi. oceanfront hike across raw pahoehoe lava for those who desire to do so.

The trail drops approximately 1,300′ from the trail head to the bay, so the return hike is obviously a long (hot) climb. For the primary portion of the hike, we will be on a jeep road which is part dirt and part small lava chunks.
The hike destination will be the monument and, although the shoreline is rocky, there is access to the bay for swimming and snorkeling. Hikers need to be prepared for potentially warm, sunny weather, especially on the strenuous return uphill climb; however, rain or overcast is always possible in the Capt. Cook area. Wear closed-toed shoes, bring hiking sticks, sun protection, lunch or snack, swim/snorkel gear, and at least two liters of water per person.

There will be a bonus hike for those who wish to enjoy an additional adventure on the journey back up the hill to the trailhead. Those wishing to participate must contact KHC for more info.

We will meet at 7:30 AM at the trailhead located 1/10th of a mi. south of Mamalahoa Hwy. on Napoopoo Rd. Since parking there is extremely limited, it is recommended that everyone carpool who possibly can. If driving youself, please take extreme care in parking and walking to the trailhead as Napoopoo Rd. is quite narrow and heavily traveled.

There will be two carpool locations for participants desiring to do so. A hike leader will be present the Kealakekua Ranch Center carpool location. One group will meet at 6:45 a.m. at Lanihau Center in Kailua-Kona and depart no later than 7:00 a.m. Please park well away from the businesses in the corner of the parking lot near Buns in the Sun. Another group will meet in the Kealakekua Ranch Center upper parking lot (near Ace Hardware) at 7:00 a.m. and depart by 7:15 a.m. Contact Kathleen at # below. The Center is located on Mamalahoa Hwy. at the intersection of Kiloa Rd. between the 110 and 109 mile markers. Be prepared to organize your own carpool, if necessary. 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’uhonua o Honaunau to Ke`ei Beach-January 18, 2014

SAM_0995Kona Hiking Club will hike from Pu’uhonua o Honaunau to Ke`ei Beach on Saturday, January 18. This will be a relatively easy, one-way, 4.5 mi. hike on a portion of the Ala Kahakai Trail recently cleared by a few volunteer/concerned citizens from the  area. We may possibly have the benefit of a cultural guide on this hike which always adds much enjoyment to the outing.

This will be a coastline (although not necessarily shoreline) hike, and warm weather should be anticipated with some shaded areas. The hiking surface will be wide and relatively smooth dirt and rock. There are no significant climbs.

Each hiker should carry a minimum of 2 liters of water, wear a hat and hiking boots or closed-toe shoes, carry a hiking stick, use plenty of sunscreen, and bring any snacks or food you may desire.  Consider bringing a lunch to either eat at Ke`ei Beach or Pu’uhonua o Honaunau.

Hikers should meet at 8:00 am at the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park parking lot and from there we will organize the carpool/shuttle drivers for staging at Ke`ei Beach. Please keep in mind that admission to the Park will be charged unless the driver or a passenger of the vehicle has a park pass.

Anyone wishing to carpool may meet at the Lanihau Shopping Center in the vicinity of Buns in the Sun at 7:00 am and depart by 7:15 am. Please park well away from the businesses. Carpoolers are encouraged to contribute toward the cost of gasoline.  Alternate carpool location is Keauhou Shopping Center makai of  Longs Drugs.  A hike leader may be present at Keauhou.  Be prepared to organize your own carpool, if necessary.

Visitors and guests are invited and anyone choosing to attend should be provided with a copy of this hike description so they will know what to expect and be properly prepared. They should also be referred to this website (www.konahikingclub.com) for complete safety information.

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

Kona Hiking Club’s Annual New Year’s Day Potluck 2014

pawaii-bayAloha! All past, present, and potential future hikers, spouses, etc. are invited to attend the Kona Hiking Club’s annual New Year’s Day potluck brunch. Bring your favorite dishes.
Pawai Bay is a great place to snorkel, so consider allowing time to hike back after lunch for some snorkeling.

We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

WHEN/WHERE:

Wednesday, 1/1/14 at the Old Kona Airport Park, Pavilion #1. For those who want to start the New Year with a little exercise, the optional beach wander to Pawai Bay or Kailua Bay (by majority vote)begins promptly at 9 a.m. We plan to be back at the pavilion at 10:00. Bring appropriate closed toe shoes for the hike.

Maka`eo Jogging Path

For the nonhikers or botanically minded folks our  special guest, Betty DeRoy, will offer a guided walking tour of the Old Aiport’s Maka`eo Walking Path and Gardens.

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POTLUCK ITEMS:
At 10 a.m., the food and drink will begin in earnest (assuming that the non-walkers haven’t consumed it all while we’re gone). Please bring a pupu or breakfast or lunch dish to share.

AND DON’T FORGET TO BRING:

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

A serving spoon/fork for your potluck item.

We can always use a few extra table cloths to cover the picnic tables.

You may want to bring a folding chair, as seating at the picnic tables may be in short supply.

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

 

HELP US OUT:

We’ll again be having a suggestion box, so why not give some thought in advance as to what you’d like to see YOUR Club do next year? If you’ve told us about a particular hike you want to do, we may have forgotten it (especially if you told us on the trail and we didn’t write it down). Also, if you have any ideas about how we do things that you’d like us to think about, please let us hear them — we even encourage constructive criticism!

A hui hou,

Kathleen

KHC

 

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!