2008 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

September to December
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(updated 12/20/08)

GREEN is the next scheduled paddle, BLUE is the next Club meeting, YELLOW is a Special Event, GRAY is history
THIS COLOR denotes a Saturday paddle

Unless stated otherwise, all groups should be assembled at the start point by 0900, and launched by 0915 at the latest. Depending on the length of the ride, car poolers should have their boats set up and ready to leave the launch area a half-hour to a full hour before the launch time - call the Trip Leader to find out.
See bottom of calendar for explanation of tides and map references. Click on rating icon for explanation & details.

Event * Tides* Leader

Mon 1 Labor Day

Waikiki Roughwater Swim - kayaking volunteers needed for swimmer escorts. Contact Paul in advance to let him know your t-shirt size, and meet at the Hilton Hawaiian lagoon parking lot at 8:30 AM Paul Tibbetts 734-5518 tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com
Tues 2 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Hu & Tsuji Offices, Fort St - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Agenda: 2009 Paddle Schedule Addy-Jodi.lbi" --> Jodi Dingle 951-4360 jldingle(at)hotmail.com

Sun 7

Rating: 2

Puffin' alongWindbag Regatta - Maunalua Bay Boat ramp (Hawaii Kai) to Waialae Beach Park in Kahala by any wind-driven means - sails, kites, umbrellas, bedsheets on sticks, old raincoats, whatever. Carpool leaves Maunalua Bay Beach Park at 8:30 AM. Race will begin when the Race Director determines there is enough wind. Regular paddlers are welcome but a WMD (wind management device) is required for the competition. Club Members: $10 early entry fee, $15 on the day of the race. Non-members: $20 early/$30 on the race day 5 Mi. [18/D2] Application Form is <here>. (Yes I know the date is wrong, just ignore that...) Kevin Ching 947-4526 mokuluanui(at)yahoo.com
Sat 13

Kahana Bay to Malaekahana SRA - Outside the reef - Because conditions can be rough here, paddlers must prequalify with Tim. Midpoint early takeout at Haaula BP (6 miles). Carpool leaves Kahana makai parking lot (see map) at 8:30 AM 10 mi. [46/F1]
Optional: camp out the night at Stan's beach house on Malaekahana Beach (slightly north of the State Park), in prep for Sunday's paddle. Must call Stan in advance for res and directions

Stan McCrea 306-6578 sb.mccrea(at)earthlink.net
Sun 14

Malaekahana to 'China Walls' (around Kahuku Point) - Meet at 8:00 AM, carpool leaves at 8:30, launch at 9:00. Because of commonly rough conditions, paddlers must call Stan to pre-qualify. Possibly windy. Stan McCrea 306-6578 sb.mccrea(at)earthlink.net

Meeting - Location: Church Of The Crossroads, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Chuck Ehrhorn and Steve Harris host a fishfest! - tall tales, some with corroborating pictures, of great fishing. Got a good story? Bring it! - Also: nominations of Club Officers for 2009. Please consider volunteering for something...

Paul Tibbetts 734-5518 tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com /Rusty Lillico 254-4123 lillico(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sat 20 & Sun 21 Kaneohe Bay Bash and Fishing Tournament - Kualoa Park, Campsite 'A' - Small Group Camping Area (White Dome) - Details are finally here! And here's your application

Steve Harris 226-2006 sharris(at)lava.net (fishing) &
Gary Budlong 737-8893(bash)
Sat 27
E-Z Glider: Kaiaka Bay with Paukauila & Kiikii Streams in Waialua. Meet in Kaiaka State Park at 9:30 AM for a 10:00 launch from Mushroom Rock (west side of park) 4 Mi. RT [64/B4] Aerial photo: 36KB Addy-Kate.lbi" --> Kate Schalk 235-8654 kschalk(at)hotmail.com
Fri 3 - Wed 8

Off-Island: Lana'i Rendezvous: Neighbor-island wilderness camping without tears. Six days and only two campsites at short distances. This trip also features good snorkelling, fishing and hiking. Call Steve early for info & reservations. Steve Harris 226-2006 sharris(at)lava.net
Sat 11
Very easy

Keehi Lagoon to Moanalua Gardens - round trip will take us up the Kalihi Stream to the famous privately-owned park for a picnic lunch (or you can paddle under the freeway and have lunch at Bob's Big Boy!) Launch at 10:30 from "Alan's Ramp", (1st right turn after the Sand Island Bridge, in the Marine Educ. & Training Center - see photo) [6/D1] 5.5 mi RT Aerial photo - 38 KB

Paul Tibbetts 734-5518 tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com
Fri 16 - Mon 21

(but easy)
"High on Hilo" Big Island Luxury Tour - Postponed to April 2009 (maybe) Paul Tibbetts 734-5518 tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com &
Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net
Tues 21

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Aloha to Surf Aloha! Finally gone after a dozen years, Oahu's premier kayak-surfing contest is remembered. Presentations by Gary, Jodi and Lois, and the award of the final Fund proceeds to Kate Schalk - Also: Elections of Officers for 2009

Paki Hale is a State-renovated house just mauka of Kapiolani Park on Paki Ave. Here is a map to get you there . Here is a webite that explains about the Hale.

TBD by the Election
Sun 26
Sans Souci to Keehi Lagoon - Moderately long downwinder along the Waikiki shoreline and outside Honolulu Harbor.  Meet at 8:00 at Sans Souci for the 8:30 carpool; launch at 9:30. Possible stop at Magic Island.  This one could be a little tricky if there are strong offshore winds 6.5 mi. [13/E1] Stan McCrea 306-6578 sb.mccrea(at)earthlink.net
Sun 2

Hui Buoy Numbah Twoey - Kailua boat ramp to the Mokulua Islands, then on to the Kailua Wave Buoy another 2 miles or so out for deepwater fishing, and return to the Mokes for lounging on the beach. Possible surfing, maybe snorkelling around the WWII plane crash site. No carpool. GPS with preloaded points is advised.

Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net
Sat 8 Steerage Board & Annual Planning Meeting - Also, Election of the new Board Chairperson, as Jodi steps down, and getting to know the new Board members for 2009.  Assemble at noon (bring a lunch); meeting begins promptly at 1:00. Main agenda: the 2009 Paddle Schedule. Location is at Peter's house in Hawaii Kai, so contact Peter for more details & directions. Peter Nicholson 396-4831 nicholson(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sun 16
"Clean the Stream" - Kahana Stream brush clearing party - Bring machetes, shears, saws, first-aid kits, etc and meet at Kahana Valley State Park parking lot (near the mauka restrooms) at 10:00 am. Cold drinks and showers available after the cleaning at George’s house nearby.  Call George in advance so that he knows how many are coming: at least six are needed to get the stream ready for the paddle on 11/23. [46/F1] George Shoemaker 237-8992 geo_shoe(at)email.msn.com
Tues 18 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Congratulations and thanks to Debbie for stepping up as our new President! Presentation: Stan McCrea will give a show about paddling the North Shore of Molokai. If you missed last month's meeting, here's a map Debbie Wheeler 391-9820 wheelerd003(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sun 23
Kahana Stream - Kahana Stream, from start to finish, with a hike at the top, contingent upon the successful clearing of the stream the week before (see 11/16 above). Call George to find out. If it's a Go, meet 10:00 AM at the first makai parking lot north of the Kahana Stream Bridge (see map). [46/F1] 2 mi. RT, not counting the hike. George Shoemaker 237-8992 geo_shoe(at)email.msn.com
Sat 6 & Sun 7 Last Ditch Fish Twitch - Last chance at the Progressive Fishing Tournament trophy. For 2 days, anywhere you choose to fish, on any coast on any island, counts as an official paddle! Honor system rules - call or email Norm with your tally at the end of the day.
Fishmaster: Norm Chun
247-7610 bluec239(at)msn.com
Sun 7

Pearl Harbor Day: Double Roughwater Swim 2008 - this somewhat notoriously strenuous event is back on again, and we need volunteers in kayaks to be one-on-one escorts for out-of-town contestants. Lunch and T-shirt, and a warm fuzzy feeling are the rewards. Call Bim asap if you think you can help. Bim Bousman 949-4524 bim.bousman(at)yahoo.com
Fri 12
Rated "Easy"
Mokulua Full Moon paddle: launch from the Lanipo Drive beach access path at 6:00 PM for an easy paddle out to the Mokes. Bring food, libations, flashlights and maybe a raincoat. Ideally, you should have some way to illuminate your boat on the return leg in the dark. [26/A4] 2 mi. RT Steve Harris 226-2006 sharris(at)lava.net
Sat 13 Tentative: Waikiki Swim Club Christmas Biathlon - Magic Island 7:30 AM - one or two paddlers needed as safety boats for swimmers inside the Lagoon. Free T-shirt Rusty Lillico 254-4123 lillico(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sun 14 Honolulu Marathon: Stay out of Waikiki if you possibly can...
Tues 16

Annual Club Christmas/Hannukah/Solstice/Winter Break Party, 5:30 PM to 9:00 - will be at Doug & Margaret Peebles' house again, on Kaneohe Bay next to the Yacht Club. Potluck dinner, Our famous "Gift Grab", slide shows, fishing awards & the 2008 Photo Contest! Setup & breakdown help needed, as always... Here is the party announcement and a map

Gary Budlong 737-8893/
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518 tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sat 20
Rated as "2"

The Last Kahuna! - A last-minute inclusion to our year's schedule, starts from Pinky's in Pali Palms Plaza (Aikahi/Kailua) at 9:30 AM, goes around Moku Mana and Mokapu Peninsula, and comes in at He'eia Kea Pier. Carpool leaves Pinky's at 8:30 sharp [27/B2] 11. mi.

This is also the start of the 2009 Progressive Fishing Tournament (PFT)! Read the rules and play to win!

Tides not adjusted Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net

* Notes:

When given, map references (i.e. [22/D3] ) are the page number and grid coordinates of the launch point. References are to "Bryan's Sectional Maps of O'ahu", any recent edition.

When tides differ by 2 feet or more, care should be taken while paddling in river mouths and near bay openings (such as Hawaii Kai and Pearl Harbor). Tide chart graphics are for Honolulu Harbor, and are not adjusted - windward-coast tides are approx. 1-1/2 to 2 hrs earlier than Honolulu. Typed times for high tide and low tide are adjusted, to the best of my ability, for the area of the launch. Red bars on the charts indicate the times that the moon is visible for the Islands. Chart is courtesy Hawaiian Fishing News.
Jellyfish Watches: for some reason beyond the human ken, local box jellyfish have been noted to swarm on the 9th to 11th days after each full moon.

A small airplane indicates that an aerial photo of the area is available. Hover to see file size - some can be rather large.

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Paddle ratings are for average weather and ocean conditions, and are often unscientifically assigned and arbitrary. It is up to each individual to assess the conditions prior to the time of launch in the light of their own experience and ability, and decide whether to go or not. If you decide to go, you must sign the trip roster and read the waiver. No signee, no kayakee. In the event of a Small Craft Advisory (SCA) or higher wind warning†, the Club-sponsored paddle is officially cancelled. Trip leaders should get a copy of the release/waiver from Joe Hu at the Club meeting or click here for an online version you can print out
†As broadcast by Radio WBA on UHF weather channels 1 or 2, or announced the night before on commercial television.

"Steerage Board" meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every second month, except where otherwise noted, at the Law Offices of Hu & Tsuji, Rm 910, 900 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu. These meetings are for the Officers and Advisory Board members to discuss business and decide future activities for the Club, and they are open to any Club member in good standing who has a Club-related issue to be dealt with outside the forum of the General Meetings. Talk to any Club Officer for details.

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