November 22, 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!

Kona Hiking Club’s Annual New Year’s Day Potluck/Hike 2018-RSVP

Aloha! 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/hike. Bring your favorite dishes and beverages.

Wawaloli Beach Park is located just south of Kona’s Keahole Airport. It is part of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA), a state agency that operates a unique and innovative ocean science and technology park. There are tide pools protected from the ocean waves that are great for keiki (children). The site has bathrooms and outdoor shower. There are numerous picnic benches dotted throughout the park. The north side of the park has walking trails lined with white coral. The park has lots of sandy areas, but not a sandy beach.
One of our hikers will be sharing the history of the area.

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

WHEN/WHERE:

Monday , 1/1/18 at NELHA’s Wawaloli Beach Park. Coming from the north turn right on to OTEC (Makako Bay) Rd. just after 94mm.  Coming from the south go past 94mm to the light at Kaiminani Dr. then turn left and take Kahilihili St. back south to OTEC Rd. The gate is open from 6:00 am to 8:00 PM daily.  A hike leader will be at the picnic tables before 8:00 am, so come early to prepare for the potluck/hike.  For those who want to start the New Year with a little exercise, the optional beach hike north toward Makako Bay begins promptly at 9 a.m. We plan to be back at the picnic area at 10:00. Bring appropriate closed toe shoes for the hike.

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 like to keep our potluck more environmentally friendly so we are asking that you bring your own plates, cups, forks and spoons.  We will have some plates, etc. available in case you forget.  The Club leaders will provide napkins and a hand washing station.

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.

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!

 

RSVP DETAILS

  • *RSVP needed for Koai`a Tree Sanctuary

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

  • 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 18, Koai`a Tree Sanctuary
  • December 16, Anaehoomalu Bay to Mauna Lani.
  • RSVP NEEDED for Monday, January 1, 2018  Annual New Years Day Potluck/hike

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  • *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 konahikingclub@gmail.com