September 21, 2017

Koai’a Tree Sanctuary/Kohala Forest-November 18, 2017 -RSVP needed!

The Kona Hiking Club will visit Koai’a Tree Sanctuary in Kohala on Saturday, November 18. The hike will be about 3 miles round trip, over hilly and uneven terrain. Part of the hike will be  a 3/4 mile nature trail and the rest a steep uphill/downhill walk in/along the stream bed. There will be an optional hike into the Kohala Forest.

150 years ago, instead of unending grassy pastures, a mesic (moist) forest blanketed the middle-elevation leeward slopes of Kohala Mountain. This unique koaiʻa-mamane-naio-ʻiliahi forest once covered more than 40,000 acres, and was home to one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in Hawaiʻi. What do we have left of this massive forest? A few scattered native trees, and a little 13-acre plot of forest. Yup, that is it. The direct result of the impacts of humans and their domestic animals.

Since about 1960, that 13 acres has been fenced and protected as the Koaiʻa Tree Sanctuary, under the care of the State DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Itʻs all that we have left, and Kohala Watershed Project is doing their best to care for it, to mālama both the ancient trees and the new growth.

It’s important to clean your shoes prior to the hike to avoid bringing in invasive seeds/weeds.  A boot brush will be available before the hike.

There is very limited parking area near the trail area, carpooling is recommended. Carpoolers can meet at Lanihau Shopping Center near Daylight Mind. 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 will not be at this location.  Arrive by 7:15 and prepare to leave by 7:30 am.  This should get us to the trailhead near 5mm on Kohala Mtn Rd around 9:00 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!

Kiholo Bay Service Project-Nature Conservancy-Oct 21, 2017-RSVP Now!

RSVP required by October 17 for this upcoming event on Saturday October 21-after Oct. 17 contact TNC directly*:

Hope you can join us.

Kona Hiking Club is partnering with The Nature Conservancy for Ka Loko o Kīholo Restoration Work Day on Saturday, October 21th, 2017 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.

Swimming is allowed in the beautiful ponds after the project for those who want to renew their energy with a refreshing swim  🙂

To sign up please RSVP either by email 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!


*To contact TNC directly after October 17:

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

Cell 808-741-4584
Please join The Nature Conservancy for a volunteer work day at Kīholo Fishpond. With your kokua, our Kona Hiking Club team we will be team putting down some wood chips and mulch to delineate the trail that goes around the fishpond. TNC’s 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 ( by Thursday October 19.
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)
Protective Clothing
Water Bottle
Hand tools
Beach Chair


  • *RSVP needed for March 18, Puako to Spencer Beach -shuttle

Come here to see details on update information, including RSVP requests and other important notices.  RSVP to:

  • RSVP NEEDED for Sunday, January 1, 2017  Annual New Years Day Potluck/hike
  • RSVP needed for January 21, 2017- HueHue Lava Tubes
  • RSVP needed for February 18, Captain Cook Monument -shuttle location my change
  • RSVP needed for March 18, Puako to Spencer Beach -shuttle
  • No RSVP needed for April 15, Honualula Forest Reserve-Kaloko
  • No RSVP needed for May 20,  Waimea GreeenwayTrail
  • RSVP needed June 10, Pohue Bay -shuttle
  • RSVP needed July 9, Mauna Loa North Pit.
  • No RSVP needed August 19, Pu’u Wa’awa’a
  • September 16, No RSVP needed for Green Sand hike?
  • *RSVP needed for October 21, 2017 service project/hike.
  • November 19, To be determined
  • December 17, Anaehoomalu Bay to Mauna Lani.
  • RSVP NEEDED for Monday, January 1, 2018  Annual New Years Day Potluck/hike


  • *RSVP  by September 30, 2017 required for October 21 2017 Service project/hike.  Space is not limited but need count for the Nature Conservancy project manager.
  • RSVP by clicking on “click here to contact us” under CONTACT US at bottom left of this page or send email to