2009 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

May to August

(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.
You can download geo-coordinates for many of our paddle launch points in a number of different formats

Event Tides Leader

Sun 3
Rating: advanced

Ewa Beach to Kahe Point (Electric Beach) - Around Barber's Point. Carpool will leave Ewa Beach Park at 8:00 sharp, launch at 9:00 13 mi. [98/E4-95/E1] Ed Rhinelander 497-3981
Tues 5 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Hu & Tsuji Offices, Fort St - 6:30 to 8:30pm Kate Schalk 235-8654 kschalk(at)hotmail.com
Fri 8
Rating: easy
Full Moon and Fireworks - Meet at 6:00 PM at the "Old Heliport" (Duke Kahanamoku Beach, at the far left end of the Ala Wai parking lot behind the Ilikai Hotel) Bring snacks and drinks, and some way to illuminate your boat for the paddle back. (White is a good color for this, or light blue Cayalume lightsticks. Please, no red or green lights, they confuse the other boaters.). Sunset: 6:22pm; moonrise: 7:01pm - 2 mi. RT [12/D1] No tide adjustment necessary Debbie Wheeler 391-9820 wheelerd003(at)hawaii.rr.com

Sun 10
Rating: medium

Makai Range Pier to Kailua Boat Ramp, with a stop at the Mokuluas for snacks and surfing. Carpool will leave the pier at 8:30 AM sharp, launch at 9:30. E-Z Gliders are welcome to launch from the boat ramp and meet the group at the Mokes about 11:00 7.5 mi. [22/E1] Small photo - 30Kb Large photo - 113Kb Stan McCrea 306-6578 sb.mccrea(at)earthlink.net
Tues 19

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Debbie Wheeler hosts a slide show about the recent Maui to Lana'i paddle - whales! and more whales!

Da Prez: Debbie Wheeler 391-9820 wheelerd003(at)hawaii.rr.com
Fri 22 - Tues 26 Off-Island E-Z Glider: Kauai Rivers - Group lodgings on Kauai. easy day paddles on various rivers. Reservations req'd Lois Miyashiro 678-2786 loikake(at)hawaii.rr.com / Dani Kroll 651-6198 kanaala(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sun 31
Keehi Surf Session & Island Cleanup : Surfers launch from "Alan's Ramp" (Aerial photo - 45kb) at 9:30 AM, others can meet at "Blue Pool" (see map" ") at 11:00 to join the cleanup. Potluck barbecue will be on the island. Bring drinks, something to share, and something to put on the grill (provided). You'll also want to bring heavy-duty trash bags, shoes and gloves. 1 mi. RT [5/D4] Call Ed for further info and directions. No tide adjustment necessary Norm Chun 247-7610 bluec239(at)msn.com / Ed Rhinelander 497-3981
Fri 5 - Sat 6 - Sun 7

Arlen Meline's Bragger's Rights Fishing contest will be held this year from the "Hale Koa" campground on the northwest end of Kaneohe Marine Base (KMCBH). Camping on Fri nite is encouraged, as the contest will start at 8:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday. All contestants, whether camping or not, must sign up with Chuck by the May 19 Meeting in order to have a pass to get in the Main Gate. If you want to mail in for registration, or want a little more info, here is a PDF form to mail to Chuck or Arlen.

Entry fee for fishermen and visitors alike is $15, and a hot lunch on Sunday is included. Day-use Only (no camping) passes are available at the Marine Base Main Gate upon arrival.

Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net / Arlen Meline arlen.c.meline(at)saic.com
Sat 13
Rating: advanced
Ka'ena Point - Camp Erdman (Mokuleia) to Yokohama Beach - Because of the complex (and very long) carpool, you MUST register first with Debbie. Meet at Yokohama Beach to drop the cars at 8:00 AM, launch from Erdman by 9:00. Carpool may be returning via Kolekole Pass 8 mi. [121/C1, landing at 117/A2] Alan Calhoun 291-5505
Tues 16 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Dr. Vangie White of the Waikiki Aquarium and the Shedd Aquarium (Chicago) will give a show about preserving the coral reefs of the Philippines. Vice-Prez: Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net
Sat 20
Rating: medium
China Walls (Pahipahialua Beach) to Haleiwa BP - Usually has a lunch stop at Waimea Bay, call Tim for details. Carpool leaves at 8:30 AM 10 mi.g [56/D1] {n21° 41' 35.42" // w158° 01' 11.50"}
Please note there is no fishing allowed in Waimea Bay.
Tim Sawyer 330-1108 sawyer(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sun 28
Rating: medium
Umbrella-driven kayakWindbag 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 9:00 AM. Race will begin at 11:00, or 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, $20 on the day of the race. Non-members: $20 early/$30 on the race day 4 Mi. [18/D2]
An entry form for this event is here . Deadline is June 23.
(If no wind, alt. date will be Sept. 27) Aerial Photo of race course: 82 KB Download a Google Earth file
Ed Rhinelander 497-3981
loikake(at)hawaii.rr.com & Kevin Ching 947-4526 mokuluanui(at)yahoo.com
Sat 4

. E-Z Glider: Fourth Of July in the Ala Wai - Meet 6:00 at Ala Wai Community Park Clubhouse (corner of Kapiolani Blvd & McCully St) - Launch at 6:30. (Show starts at 8:30, but ocean access may be blocked after about 7:30) Bring snacks and drinks, and some way to illuminate your boat for the paddle back. White is a good color for this, or light blue Cayalume lightsticks. Please, no red or green lights, they confuse the other boaters. 2 mi. RT [12/C1] Zoom in Google Earth

No tide adjustment necessary Paul Tibbetts 734-5518 tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com
Tues 7 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Hu & Tsuji Offices, Fort St - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Agenda: Kate Schalk 235-8654 kschalk(at)hotmail.com
Sun 12
Rating: advanced
The Big Kahuna - New & Improved - From "Pinky's" parking lot (Pali Palms Plaza, on the bank of the Kainui Canal, Kailua) out to Moku Mano, around Mokapu Peninsula and on to Kualoa State Park. There is an option of taking out at He'eia Kea State Pier in Kaneohe Bay if you wish. Carpool leaves at 8:30, launch will be about 9:30 Driving map to Pinky's is here 14 mi. [27/B2] Fly GoogleEarth to Pinky's Gary Budlong 737-8893 / Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net
Sun 12
Rating: V. advanced (long distance)
"The Super Kahuna" - The Big Kahuna on steroids - Sea Life Park aaallll the way to Kualoa State Park, with brief stops at the Mokuluas, Moku Manu and Kapapa! Definitely not for wimps. Paddlers must definitely call John the week before, and carpool leaves at 8:00 AM sharp. 21 mi. [22/E1] Fly GoogleEarth to Makai Range Pier John Enomoto 737-9514 info(at)gobananaskayaks.com / Steve Harris 226-2006 sharris(at)lava.net
Fri 17 - Mon 20
Rating:expedition (semi-expert)
Oahu Camp and Kayak Tour -
  • has been CANCELLED, due to lack of early sign-ups. Maybe next year...
Kate Schalk 235-8654 kschalk(at)hotmail.com / Steve Harris 226-2006 sharris(at)lava.net
Tues 21 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Nora & Yale Passameneck with a slide show about the June Kauai Rivers trip Prez: Debbie Wheeler 391-9820 wheelerd003(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sat 25
Rating: medium
Haleiwa Beach Park to Camp Erdman (Mokuleia) - Easy takeoff from the Park, but Mokuleia has been known to get rough. Carpool leaves at 8:30 AM 8.5 mi. [61/F2] Fly GoogleEarth to Haleiwa Beach Park Norm Chun 247-7610 bluec239(at)msn.com
Sat 1 - Sun 2 Open Ditch Fish Twitch - Fisherpersons get to pick their own favorite spot to paddle in, and any fish caught count toward the PFT score.
Norm Chun 247-7610 bluec239(at)msn.com
Sun 2
Rating: easy
E-Z Glider: Kaiaka Bay and Paukauila Stream/Kiikii Stream - Meet at Kaiaka Park's "Mushroom Rock" at 9:30 and launch at 10:00. 4 mi. RT [64/B4] Aerial photo: 36KB Fly GoogleEarth to "Mushroom Rock" Kate Schalk 235-8654 kschalk(at)hotmail.com
Sat 8
Rating: medium
"Old" Pokai Bay to Makua Beach - a beautiful paddle, don't miss it. Carpool leaves at 8:30 AM. Launch point is the beach park at the end of Waianae Valley Road at 9:00. 8 mi. [111/D4] Fly GoogleEarth to Old Pokai Bay Rusty Lillico 286-6514 lillico(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sun 16
Rating: medium hard
Maunalua Bay BP (Hawaii Kai) to Sans Souci - Mid-point takeout at Kahala Beach if you don't want to brave getting around Diamond Head. Carpool leaves "The Dumpster" at 8:30 AM - "Possibly challenging" 4.5 or 8.5 mi. [18/D2] Fly GoogleEarth to Maunalua Bay's “Dumpster Beach” Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net
Tues 18 Meeting - Location: Koko Isle Clubhouse, Hawaii Kai 7:00 PM (map & driving directions here ) - Presentation: Rob Yonover from the Oceanic Institute will talk about ocean survival and rescue Prez: Debbie Wheeler 391-9820 wheelerd003(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sun 23
Rating: beginners and up
ACA Kayaking Skills Clinic (Kahana Bay) - Basic kayaking skills will be taught, including safety checklists, kayak 'survival' skills paddling techniques, and capsize recoveries. Kayakers of all skill levels are invited to learn, sharpen, and share their water skills. 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. at Kahana Bay B.P. (see map" ") Bring a kayak, life vest, footwear, and a chair and lunch. Must be both a HWK and an ACA member (you can join at the clinic) [46/F1] Fly GoogleEarth to Kahana Bay John Enomoto 737-9514 info(at)gobananaskayaks.com &
Joe Hu 528-3600 advisor(at)aloha.net
Sat 29
Rating: medium
Kahe Point (Electric Beach) to "Old" Pokai Bay - Carpool leaves at 8:30 AM (meet at 8:00 at Kahe Point lot, but launch point will be determined ATT depending on the number of snorkelers) - 9 mi. [102/C2] Fly GoogleEarth to Electric Beach Kate Schalk 235-8654 kschalk(at)hotmail.com

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* 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.

A small airplane 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).

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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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