2011 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

January to April

(updated 4/25/11)

GREEN is the next scheduled paddle, BLUE is the next Club meeting, YELLOW is a Special Event, GRAY is history
THIS COLOR denotes a Friday or 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 9
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)

E-Z Gliders #1: Kawai Nui Marsh "Overland" - No need to dodge gunboats and Secret Service agents this year, so it's back to the 'traditional' route, which starts and ends at Buzz's Original, Kailua. (see map Go to map of Kailua )
Meet at the Kalapawai Stream parking lot (next to Buzz's) at 8:30, no carpool, and we'll launch by 9:00. Lunch, for those so inclined, will be at Buzz's about noon. There are 2 "portages" around bridges & over berms, so pack light and bring footwear. For the lunch bunch: Buzz's still does not accept credit cards, so bring cash or a checkbook.
For those who don't want to do the whole trip, or want to skip either the salt-water or fresh-water portions of the paddle, there is an alternate put-in/take out at Pinky's in Aikahi (Pali Palms Plaza) or at Kaha Street Park.
3 mi [27/D1] Fly GoogleEarth to Buzz's Steak House, Lanikai

Adjusted: H=5:25am, L=12:35pm

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Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Sat 15
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
Weed out the Wimps and Watch Out The Whales (Makai Range to Hawaii Kai) NOT for beginners. Meet at 9:00 AM, launch is at 10:00 AM 9.5 mi. [22/E1] Fly GoogleEarth to Makai Range Pier

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Rob Muphy 398-0542
Tues 18 Meeting - Location: Aiea Public Library See map, 7:00 PM - Presentation: "Safety First!" - Recap and discussion of safe kayaking Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sun 23Rating: medium hard
Kahala to Keehi - There will be a mid-point put-in/take-out at the heliport by the Hilton Lagoon (Waikiki) for those who don’t wish to go the whole distance, but all paddlers must meet at the launch point (Waialae Beach Park) at 8:00 in order to organize the carpool. Launch at 9:00. 10.2 mi [14/A2]. Fly GoogleEarth to Alan's Ramp Steve Harris 226-2006
Tues 25 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Passamaneck Residence, Kahala (Call for directions) - 6:30 to 8:30pm Chairperson:
Nora Passamaneck
(908) 346-4668
Sat 29Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium) Keehi Lagoon to Ewa Beach Park - along the Reef Runway and across Pearl Harbor Channel. Long carpool for this one. Meet no later than 8:00 AM at "Alan's Ramp" (see map) - Ed will pick you up at Ewa Beach at 8:30, and ferry you back to Keehi for a 9:00 launch. Call Ed the night before so he knows to expect you! Alternatively, ride with a buddy for your own carpool. 7.5 mi. [5/D4] Fly GoogleEarth to Alan's Ramp

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Norm Chun 247-7610
bluec239(at)msn.com / Ed Rhinelander 497-3981
Sun 6
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
E-Z Glider to the Mokes & Super Bowl Sunday Surfing Clinic AND the Masters' Hui Buoy- Meet at the Kailua Beach Boat Ramp at 8:00 AM 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 mi RT [28/E2]
The Hui Buoy Group will meet at the same time and place, and head out to the Kailua Wave Buoy directly. After catching all the fish there, the buoy hui will return to the Mokuluas and rejoin the main group. 7 mi RT [28/E2] Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua Wave Buoy
Editor's note: After having been lost in a November storm, the Wave Buoy has been replaced and is back online with a much-improved interface. If you wish to see what it's transmitting, the web link is

Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com (surf clinic) & Rusty Lillico 286-6514
lillico(at)hawaii.rr.com(hui buoy)

Sat 12
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Uncle Bob's Turtletown Tour - Kualoa SRA (Chinaman's Hat) into the wilds of Kaneohe Bay in search of the no-longer-elusive Green Sea Turtle, with a stop at the Sandbar. No carpool. Launch at 8:00 AM from Kualoa County Park Campground 'A' (site of the Easter Frolic). 8.5 mi. R.T. [42/A4] Fly GoogleEarth to the Kualoa launch site Matt Isono 735-3624
Tues 15 Meeting - Location: Aiea Public Library See map, 7:00 PM - Presentation: "From Loreto to La Paz" - Lucille James gives a show about camping & kayaking in the sea of Cortez Da Prez:
Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sun 20
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
E-Z Glider: Ala Wai Streams - Ala Wai Canal from Waikiki Public Library (corner of Kapahulu Ave & Ala Wai Blvd)Library, out to Magic Island and back, exploring the streams in between. Meet behind the library at 8:00 a.m. for a 8:30 a.m. launch. No carpool. Yes, the water is polluted, yet many kayak and canoe clubs paddle here every day. Stay in your boat, and don't drink the water. 4 mi. R.T. [12/C4] Hunter Johnson 223-1855 hunter808(at)earthlink.net
Sat 26
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Circle Rabbit Island & Black Island (Manana and Kaohikaipu) - Snorkeling and surfing. Be ready to leave Makai Range Pier at 8:30 AM 4 mi. RT [22/E1] Matt Isono 735-3624
evil_vegita(at)hawaiiantel.net / Rob Murphy
Tues 1 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Passamaneck Residence, Kahala (Call for directions) - 6:30 to 8:30pm Nora Passamaneck
(908) 346-4668
Sat 5
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Surf Crash & Burn - Surf launch and landing clinic - Prequalification for the club’s neighbor island trips.  Practice launching and landing Scupper Pro's (or equivalent touring kayaks) in surf conditions. Learn to implement safe procedures, observe conditions early, and practice various techniques. Location: Sherwood Forest Park, (Waimanalo State Recreation Area, across from the polo field), 9:00 am [21/A1 - 24/F4] Fly GoogleEarth to Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com /
Alan Calhoun 291-5505
Sun 13
Rating: medium hard
Kahe Pt. (Electric Beach) to "Old" Pokai Bay B.P. - Meet at 8:30 AM, carpool leaves at 9:00 sharp. 11 mi. [102/C2] Fly GoogleEarth to Electric Beach Ed Rhinelander 497-3981
Tues 15 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, 7:00 PM - Presentation: 7:00 PM - Presentation: Blue (not!) Danube: Gary & Peggy Budlong will fill us in on their non-paddling river journey across Europe last summer.

Note: for this meeting only we are returning to Paki Hale - In April we will resume meeting at Aiea Public Library

Prez: Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Fri 18
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Full Moon and Fireworks paddle, Waikiki - Launch at 6:00 PM from the "Old Heliport" at Hilton Lagoon (behind Ilikai Hotel). Bring snacks and drinks and some way to illuminat your boat in the dark - blue or white Cayalume lightsticks work well. 2 mi. RT [12/D1] Gary Budlong 737-8893 /
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com /
Rob Muphy 398-0542
Sat 19
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Sunrise Paddle in Kailua Bay  in case you're still up from the moonlight paddle the night before: Meet at 6:00 am (ouch!) ready to  paddle at Kailua Boat Ramp. (The moon sets at 6:21am and the sun rises at 6:42am.)  Depending on weather – we will paddle out past Flat Island and then on the path of the setting moon.  Then turning around we can paddle on the path of the rising sun. Cosette invites you for a potluck breakfast on deck at Hilltop House after the paddle, carpooling from the beach park. [28/E2] Cosette Harms
Thurs 24 to Mon 28
Paddle Rating: 4 (multinight camping)
Off-Island: Southeast Molokai - Gentlemanly day-paddling from Halawa Valley to Kaunakakai, with "camping" at Wave Crest Apartments. Logistics and transport are really complex, so interested paddlers MUST contact Paul, Chuck or Gary before Feb 28. Airline seats to Molokai are already getting scarce   Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com /
Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
ehrhorn(at)lava.net /
Gary Budlong 737-8893
Sat 26 & Sun 27 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.
Fishmaster:Norm Chun 247-7610
Sun 3
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Hui Buoy and Breakfast Bonanza. - Kaimana Beach Hotel (Sans Souci) out to the Diamond Head Buoy and back for a hearty (no host) breakfast at the Hau Tree Lanai.  Meet at Sans Souci at 8:30 am for a 9:00 launch.  Bring a change of clothes.  Make breakfast reservations with Gary or Chuck by April 1.  3 mi. RT [13/E1]. Fly GoogleEarth to Sans Souci Beach Gary Budlong 737-8893 / Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sat 9
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
He'eia Kea to Kualoa, maybe a stop at the Sandbar. Meet at He'eia Kea canoe hale at 8:00 AM for a 8:30 carpool and a 9:30 launch 5 mi. [37/E2] Fly GoogleEarth to He'eia Kea Pier Norm Chun 247-7610
Sun 17
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
Kahana Bay to Malaekahana - because ocean conditions are normally rough, paddlers must pre-qualify with Steve. Meet at the small makai parking lot - see map Map of Kahana Bay - at 8:00 AM for an 8:30 carpool. Launch about 9:15 10 mi. [46/F1] Fly GoogleEarth to Kahana Bay Steve Harris 226-2006
Tues 19

Meeting Location: Meeting - Location: Aiea Public Library See map, 7:30 PM - Presentation:7:00 PM - Presentation: President & First Lady Chuck and Jean Ehrhorn show slides of their paddling junket around Belize, and visits to some Mayan sites

Da Prez:
Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180

Here we go again with the

Annual Easter Weekend Frolic

April 22-24

- see here fly for full details.
Also please be aware there has been a slight bureaucratic change in sign-in procedure, to keep us in compliance with our insurance policies: Any participant or guest who is not a member of the ACA must sign a waiver and pay a $5.00 Event Fee

Fri 22 Arrive Kualoa BP Area 'A' anytime after noon for family camping. See mapfly. Please note: We're in the Small Group Area again this year (open area makai of the Park Ranger's Office), and all of the water activities will take place at the south end of Kualoa Beach Park , in front of the fire circle.
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium) Mokoli'i Full Moon Paddle - Out to Chinaman's Hat by moonlight - Launch at 7:00 PM from the canoe beach 1.5 mi. RT. (Actually there may be no moon at all - moonrise is 11:45pm - but it's still a paddle) Paul Tibbetts 734-5518

Sat 23 Paddle Rating: 3 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. 8 mi. Tim Sawyer 330-1108
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy) to Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium) ACA Kayaking Skills workshops, 1:30 to about 4:30 PM, assemble at the canoe pavillion (Big White Tent.) Basic kayaking skills will be taught including kayak safety checklists, kayak survival skills, paddling techniques, and capsize recovery.  Kayakers of all skill levels invited to learn, sharpen or share their kayaking skills.  Bring your own kayak, paddle, shoes or tabis, and life vest.  On-land session will be followed by on-the-water session to Chinaman’s Hat.  Joe Hu 528-3600
advisor(at)aloha.net &
Steve Enomoto 737-9514 steve(at)gobananaskayaks.com

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

Torch & Scorch, the Fearless Char Bros.

Sun 24 Triple Trouble Races at 9:30 AM (team and relay races!) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - John Enomoto
the Easter Egg Chase starts at 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


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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.

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 download a copy of the release/waiver by clicking here for a PDF file you can print.

*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 location given in the schedule. 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, an agenda, or location directions.

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