2009 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

January to April

(updated 11/29/09 )

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

Sun 4
Level 1 rating

E-Z Gliders #1: Kawai Nui Marsh "Overland" - Launch at 8:30 from Buzz's Steak House (Lanikai), head across Kailua Bay to the canal, up to the Marsh, and return via the flood control channel to Buzz's for lunch. Alternate launch point: Pinky's in Aikahi, and join us as we go by, for a shorter paddle- 8 mi RTg [28/E1] Rusty Lillico 254-4123 lillico(at)hawaii.rr.com
Tues 6 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Hu & Tsuji Offices, Fort St - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Agenda: Budget 2009 Kate Schalk 235-8654 kschalk(at)hotmail.com

Sat 10
Rated "3" (difficult)

Kahala Beach (Waialae B.P.) to Keehi Lagoon ("Alan's Ramp") Forecast is for kona winds (from the southeast.) Call Steve the night before to make sure.
There is a mid-point put-in/take-out at the Hilton Lagoon (Duke Kahanamoku Beach) for those that don't wish to go the whole distance, but all paddlers must meet at the launch point first at 8:30 to organize the 9:00am carpool, regardless. Photo of launch Point (Alan's Ramp) 10.2 mi. [6/D1]
Steve Harris 226-2006 sharris(at)lava.net
Sun 18 Jane Skanderup, Aloha - Remembrance and kayak escort of ashes to the Mokuluas, 8:30 AM at Kailua Boat Ramp. Luncheon to follow at another location.  
Tues 20

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Na Pali Coast, 2008 - Eva-Marie Nosal and Tom Fedenczuk will return with a video about their adventure last July. Also: recently-unemployed ex-Fire Chief Alan Calhoun will kick off a new series of Stuff You Can Cook On The Beach with something he will whip up at the meeting for snacks.

Debbie Wheeler 391-9820 wheelerd003(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sun 25
Rated "3" (difficult)
"Weed Out The Wimps & Watch Out The Whales" - Makapu'u to Hawaii Kai - Those coming from Townside may call leader to arrange for a car drop-off at Hawai'i Kai. Otherwise, meet at 8:00am at Makai Range Pier for the car shuttle. 11 mi.g [22/E1]Aerial Photo - 43Kb Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net
Sun 1
Rated easy to medium
E-Z Glider to the Mokes & Super Bowl Sunday Surfing Clinic - Meet at the Kailua Beach Boat Ramp at 8:30 and head out to the Mokulua Islands. Surfing not required, but those so inclined will get basic surf instruction and then practice with other experienced kayak surfers. If you don't have a good surf boat, contact the leaders in advance about borrowing one. Bring picnic snacks for lunch on the sand beach. No TVs or radios allowed! You can leave at noon-ish if ya just gotta get back for the 1:15 kickoff 3.5 mi RT [28/E2] Jodi Dingle 951-4360 jldingle(at)hotmail.com / Alan Calhoun 621-6146
Sat 7
Rated "medium"

He'eia Kea to Kualoa Park - Meet at He'eia Kea Pier canoe hale at 8:30 for carpool and a 9:30 AM launch. Stop at the Sandbar, optional return to He'eia Kea (2.5 mi RT), then on to Kapapa and Mokoli'i on the way to the park 5 mi. [37/E2]

Nora & Yale Passamaneck yalepass(at)gmail.com
Fri 13 - Tues 17
Rated: expert
Off-Island: Lana'i Crossing - Depart from Lahaina, Maui early Saturday morning and cross the Lahaina Roads (Auau Channel) to Pi'ilani Beach on Lana'i. Paddle back, or continue on to catch the Manele Ferry on Monday. Size of campsites limits size of group, so register early`. Must pre-qualify with Alan Alan Calhoun 621-6146
Sat 14- Sun 15
Rated "1"
E-Z Glider: Kapapa Island & Night Fishing - Fishing on Kapapa Island in Kaneohe Bay - non-fishers and day paddlers welcome. Meet at He'eia Kea Pier canoe hale for a 2:00 PM launch. Robust footwear recommended for landing on the island. Overnighters should call Steve for gear suggestions. 5 mi. RT [37/E2]
Steve Harris 226-2006 sharris(at)lava.net
Tues 17 Meeting - Location Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Presentation: See how the champions get their boats under way - a special video on advanced paddle techniques by kayak champions Greg Barton and Oscar Chalupsky Vice-Pres: Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net
Sun 22
Rating: easy
E-Z Glider: Magic Island to Sans Souci & Return - Launch from the canoe ramp next to the Waikiki Yacht Club at 10:30 (no carpool). 4.5 mi RT [12/D1] No tide adjustment necessary Susan Strinkowski &Joe Hu 528-3600 advisor(at)aloha.net
Sat 28 - Sun 1
Rating: advanced (camping)
No Wimps One Nighter - CANCELLED Aerial Photo - 43Kb
Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net
Tues 3 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Hu & Tsuji Offices, Fort St - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Agenda: Budget 2009 (about time!) Kate Schalk 235-8654 kschalk(at)hotmail.com
Sat 7
Rating: advanced
Circle Rabbit Island and Black Island (Manana and Kaohikaipu) from Makai Pier - surfing and fishing. No carpool. Meet at 8:00, be ready to leave the pier by 8.30 AM - 4 mi. RT [22/E1] Charlie Hekekia 259-7190 & Steve Harris 226-2006 sharris(at)lava.net
Sun 15
Rating: medium-hard
Keehi Lagoon to Ewa Beach, along the Reef Runway and across the mouth of Pearl Harbor, while looking for leftover pieces of the USS Port Roya (I'm told there are a few)l. Launch from "Alan's Ramp" (Sand Island Access Road, first right after the bridge, then right by the Marine Education & Training Center) see map
New instructions: drop boats at Keehi and drive like hell to meet Ed at Ewa Beach Park by 8:30 for the ride back to start. Call Ed the night before to let him know to expect you! 7.5 mi. [5/D4] Ed says to remind you that a (non-competitive) kite run may be expectable on this one.
No tide adjustment necessary Ed Rhinelander 497-3981
loikake(at)hawaii.rr.com &Norm Chun 247-7610 bluec239(at)msn.com
Tues 17 Meeting - Location Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Seldom Seen Slim, a.k.a. Club member Andy Collins will return with an update on the progress with the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument in Hawaii's northwestern islands (NWHI), including insights into enforcement issues, their nomination to World Heritage status, and other new marine monuments Debbie Wheeler 391-9820 wheelerd003(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sat 21
Rateing: medium
Surf Launching & Landing Clinic - practice coming and going through beach surf in prep for the summer's off-island trips in touring kayaks like the Scupper Pro. Emphasis and instruction in safe procedures, careful observation and timing, recovery, all with practical exercises! Meet at Sherwood Forest Park in Waimanalo (Waimanalo Bay SRA) at 9:00 AM [21/A1 - 24/A4] Alan Calhoun 291-5505
kayak-fool(at)hawaii.rr.com& Paul Tibbetts 734-5518 tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com
Wed 25 - Mon 30
Rating: expert
Off-Island: Kauai South Shore - Cancelled Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net /Paul Tibbetts 734-5518 tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sat 28 - Sun 29 Open Ditch Fish Twitch - Fisherpersons get to pick their own favorite spot to paddle in, and any fish caught count toward the PFT score, as long as you've paid your entry fee, and you report your catch within 24 hrs to Norm either by phone or email. NR Fishmaster: Norm Chun
247-7610 bluec239(at)msn.com
Sun 5
Rating: easy
"Hui Buoy and Breakfast Bonanza" - Kaimana Beach Hotel (Sans Souci) out to the Diamond Head Buoy and back to the Elk's Club for a hearty breakfast.  Meet at Sans Souci by 8:30 AM, launch at 9:00 so we can be back by 10:30. (This year there will be no buffet :-[ but the dining room is still definitely open for breakfast!) You'll need to call Gary or Chuck by Friday to make reservations. Bring a change of clothes. 3 mi. RT [13/E1] No tide adjustment necessary Gary Budlong 737-8893 / Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net

Here we go again with the

Annual Easter Weekend Frolic

April 10 - 12

- see here for full details.

Fri 10 Arrive Kualoa BP Area 'A' anytime after noon for family camping. See map. Please note: We're in the Small Group Area again this year (Big White Tent area), but the actual tent has been declared a canoe hale, so we can't actually use it. Nonetheless, all of the water activities will take place at the south end of Kualoa Beach Park
Mokoli'i Full Moon Paddle - Out to Chinaman's Hat by moonlight - Launch at 7:00 PM from the canoe beach. Paul Tibbetts

Sat 11 Paddle: Kualoa to Kahana at 9:00 AM (Carpool leaves at 8:00 prompt!) OUTSIDE THE REEF - because of very low tides, there will not be an Inside-The-Reef paddle, (Outside the reef is rated a 3+) 8 mi. Tim Sawyer 330-1108 sawyer(at)hawaii.rr.com
ACA Kayaking & paddling skills workshops, 1:30 to about 4:30 PM, assemble at the Big White Tent

Joe Hu 528-3600

Easter Bonfire & Marshmallow Roast, as soon as it's dark, at Kualoa Beach Park

Please note: after some concerned members have mentioned the - perhaps - overly paganistic tenor to the bonfire activities ( the "Chistmas tree" is, after all, derived from pagan tradition), the Char Bros. have decided to change it to a more religious theme: the 15th century Christian rite called the auto-de-fe. To help, if anyone has a suitable effigy for cleansing (ahem, they're thinking political figures here), please drop a line to the webmaster. No flames, please. Oooh, did I really say that?

Torch & Scorch, the Fearless Char Bros.

Sun 12 Malibu Two Races at 9:30 AM (team and relay races!) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - John Enomoto 737-9514
the Easter Egg Chase starts 10:45 AM - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Joe Hu, et al.
Potluck Barbeque, Easter Bonnet Contest and the Kayak Stuff Auction in the Volleyball Court at 12:00 noon - - - and at 1:00 PM, the Prizes! The Prizes! Gary Budlong 737-8893

Easter tides
Sun 19
Rating: medium
Follow The Leader: Maunalua Bay to Kahala, in and out of the surf. Training in paddling thru white water, plus stops for snorkeling. Meet at the small beach by the dumpster in the Maunalua Bay Beach Park parking lot for a 9:00 carpool. 10:00 AM launch. Bring snorkel gear; tabies & lifevest recommended. 5 mi. approx [18/D2]
There will be a potluck lunch & BBQ at Yale & Nora's house (Kahala) after the paddle. Bring stuff for that. Yale will give you directions at the launch meeting
Tides Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net
Tues 21 Meeting - Location Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Christine Brammer of the Hawaii Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will give a show about couning and identifying humpback whales Debbie Wheeler 391-9820 wheelerd003(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sat 25
Rating: easy
E-Z Glider: Lake Wilson - Meet at the Walker Street boat ramp (see map " ") at 8:30 for a 9:00 AM launch
You'll need a fishing permit, whether you fish or not ($5.00 at any sporting-goods or fishing store) as well as a pole (bamboo stick will do), and a special (free) entry permit for the lake. See notes below for particulars. 4 mi RT, roughly, depending on route and water level... [79/D1] Aerial photo: 100Kb
  Kate Schalk 235-8654 kschalk(at)hotmail.com

* 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. If you hover your mouse over the tide graphic, you MIGHT see the times adjusted, to the best of my ability, for the area of the launch (particularly for fishing or other Special Events). White 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.

An all-seeing eye indicates that an aerial photo of the area is available. Hover to see file size - some can be rather large. A blue globe will open a view in a Google Earth window, if you have it installed on your computer (you should definitely have it - it's way cool, and it's free). A down-pointing arrow is a jump-link to a different place on the same page; an out-of-the-box arrow will take you to another page on this site; the same icon with a black border will take you off-site.

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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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Permits and Conditions for Lake Wilson Use:

4 requirements

Lake Wilson is a privately-owned reservoir in Wahiawa, Central Oahu, that is stocked, maintained and regulated by the State, specifically and exclusively for use by freshwater sport fisherman. As such, there are several, fortunately easy, hoops you must jump through in order to gain access to the water:

  1. 1) You will need a "Freshwater Game Fishing License," issued by the State and available at most fishing-supply and sporting-goods stores like Sports Authority and McCully Bicycle. The cost is $5 for Hawaii residents ($3 for minors under 15), and is good for one year. It is good for fishing in any freshwater location in the State, if you decide to try your luck elsewhere. It is also available online.
    Here is a list of the places that sell fishing permits
  2. 2) A new requirement: Henceforth, you must also have an "Entry Permit For Wahiawa Public Fishing Area, Oahu" also available (free-of-charge) at the above stores. This, for some reason, is not available online.
  3. 3) A fishing pole (Note: we are unofficially told that this one is no longer required)
  4. 4) A life vest

If you leave it to the last minute, you can purchase a fishing permit online directly from the DLNR. You'll need a credit card and a printer, and it will cost you $1 extra per person, but it's instantaneous, and it is good for one calender year (12 months from date of purchase). You may also be able to pick permits up on your way there at Wahiawa Sporting Goods at 571 California Avenue

Hawaii's Fishing regulations are administered and enforced by the Div. of Aquatic Resources (DAR), a division of the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). Their site has links to all the State fishing regs, which you should read at some point...

Note: from the DAR website:

New O‘ahu location for fishing licenses and permits

Effective immediately, commercial and freshwater fishing licenses, along with other aquatic licenses and permits, are being issued at the Division of Aquatic Resources office in Room 330 of the Kalanimoku Building, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu. Licenses and permits are no longer being issued at the first-floor counters. Hours are 8 am to 3:30 pm Monday-Friday, closed on State holidays. Division publications, such as fishing regulation booklets, are available free at the office. The Division's fish posters can also be purchased at the new license counter for the price of $3.

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