2009 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

September to December

(updated 2/1/10 )

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.

Date/Rating Event Tides See notes below Leader
Tues 1 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Hu & Tsuji Offices, Fort St - 6:30 to 8:30pm Kate Schalk 235-8654 kschalk(at)hotmail.com
Mon 7
Rating: medium
Waikiki Roughwater Swim:  Volunteer kayakers needed as safety boaters along the course.  Event t-shirt and lunch provided.  Contact Paul in advance to let him know your t-shirt size, meet at the Hilton Hawaiian lagoon parking lot at 8:00 am. for strategy meeting and launch at 8:30 No tide adjustment necessary Paul Tibbetts 734-5518 tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com
Fri 11 -
Sun 13
Kaneohe Bay Bash Kayak Papio Fishing Contest: Grand Prize is an Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 13! Details and applications are here Applications for K-Bay Bash
If you don't know where Kualoa Campground 'A' is, there is an aerial photo page here Kualoa Campround photos and a GoogleEarth flyover here Fly GoogleEarth to Kualoa Campground Very limited campsites are available for Friday & Saturday nights on a FCFS basis - to reserve one call Steve or Rusty ASAP.
Note: because we were unable to obtain sufficient camping permits, the fun & games usually associated with the K-Bay Bash will not be held this year, it "just" a fishing contest. We'll do better next year...

Steve Harris 226-2006 sharris(at)lava.net , Rusty Lillico 254-4123 lillico(at)hawaii.rr.com
Tues 15 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Arlen Meline will talk about fishing in Kokee, Kauai (I don't think he meanst kayak-fishing...) Also: nominations of Club Officers for 2010. Please consider volunteering for something... Call Chuck Ehrhorn if you'd like to help Prez:
Debbie Wheeler 391-9820 wheelerd003(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sat 19
Rating: advanced
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 Fly GoogleEart to Kahana Bay
Tim Sawyer 330-1108 sawyer(at)hawaii.rr.com / Stan McCrea 306-6578 sb.mccrea(at)earthlink.net
Sun 20
Rating: advanced
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
Sat 3
Rating: easy
E-Z Glider: Keehi Lagoon to Moanalua Gardens - round trip will take us up the Kalihi Stream to the famous privately-owned park for a picnic lunch. 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 mi RT Aerial photo - 38 KB No tide adjustment necessary Kate Schalk 235-8654 kschalk(at)hotmail.com
Fri 9 -
Wed 14
Rating: easy
Off-Island E-Z Glider: 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
Tues 20 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Chris Brammer, arguably the foremost authority on whales in Hawaii, is a world-famous lecturer, and the editor of "Koholã Connection", the official organ of NOAA's Haw. Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HIHWNMS), whose website is here . Also: Elections of Officers for 2010 Prez:
Debbie Wheeler 391-9820 wheelerd003(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sun 25
Rating: medium
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. 7 mi. [13/E1] No tide adjustment necessary Stan McCrea 306-6578 sb.mccrea(at)earthlink.net
Sun 1
Rating: strenuous
Master's Hui Buoy: Kailua Boat ramp to the Mokes, then out to the Wave Buoy another 2 miles offshore, return to the Mokes for lunch & maybe surfing. No carpool, launch at 8:00 AM sharp. 8 mi. RT [28/E2] Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua Bay Low: 8:22 AM; High: 1:12 PM Rusty Lillico 286-6514 lillico(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sat 7
Steerage Board & Annual Planning Meeting - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Also, Election of the 2010 Board Chairperson. Location: 816 Kahena St, Hawaii Kai (Peter's House in Hahaione) Kate Schalk 235-8654 kschalk(at)hotmail.com
Sun 8
Rated: long
Makai Range Pier to Kailua Boat Ramp, with a stop at the Mokes for some R&R. Another typical Chuck paddle. Carpool leaves Makai Pier at 8:20AM sharp 7.5 mi. [22/E1] Aerial photo: 117KB High - 7:35 AM; Low - 3:34 PM Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180 ehrhorn(at)lava.net
Sun 15
Rating: easy
"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 17
Rating: easy
Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Presentation: "High on Bali" - Gary & Peggy Budlong and Joe Hu will lead us on a photo tour of their favorite spots and activities on Bali, including whitewater rafting and a coastal trip on a Balinese outrigger. Prez: Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sun 22
Rating: easy
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 28
Rating: medium-hard
Kahala Beach Park to Ala Wai (Canoe Beach) - Call Rusty the day before to make sure that's the direction we're going. Meet at Kahala Beach pavillion, be ready to carpool at 8:30AM 7 mi. [14/A2] Aerial Photo: 64KB Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Sat 12 -
Sun 13
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
Tues 15
Ho! Ho! Ho!
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 2009 Photo Contest! Look for directions and parking info on the map. Setup & breakdown help needed, as always... Rusty Lillico 286-6514
lillico(at)hawaii.rr.com, Gary Budlong 737-8893,
among others
Fri 18
Rating: easy
Christmas Lights paddle Meet at the Ala Wai State Boat Ramp (next to the Harbormaster's Office) at 5:00 PM, be ready to launch at 5:30 sharp. Paddle out thru the channel to watch the sunset (6:00 PM), return thru the marinas to ogle at the boats' lights & decorations. 2 mi R.T. [12/D1] No adjustment neccessary Gary Budlong 737-8893
Sun 20
Rating: medium
Outside Keehi. Circle the lagoon, outside the reef, and stop at Blue Pool for refreshments (BYO) on the way back. No carpool, meet at "Alan's Ramp" (Sand Island ) for an 8:30 launch. About 4 mi. RT [6/D1] Fly GoogleEarth to Keehi Lagoon No adjustment necessary
Aerial photo: 46 KB
Stan McCrea 306-6578 sb.mccrea(at)earthlink.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. 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). 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 open in a seperate browser window.

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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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