2012 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

Jan to April

(updated 11/3/14 )

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 8
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)

E-Z Gliders #1: Kawai Nui Marsh "Overland" - Meet at the canal-side parking lot of Buzz's Steak House at 8:30, launch will be at 9:00. A quick padle under the bridge, over the sand berm and into the ocean. Across Kailua Bat to Kainui Canal, and thence up into Kawainui Marsh. 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 - 7.5 mi [27/D1] Fly GoogleEarth to Buzz's Steak House, Lanikai

For the keiki group: if the wind is up and Kailua Bay seems a bit daunting, there is a "safety" put-in at Pinky's Grill in Aikahi. You can park at Pali Palms Plaza and join us as we go by approx at 9:30. You'll need to arrange your own carpool for this, and notify the leader that you're waiting at Pinky's. Fly GoogleEarth to Pinky's Grill

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Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Wed 11 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Chez Passaamaneck, (call for directions) Nora Passamaneck
(908) 346-4668
Sat 14
Rating: medium hard
Makai Range Pier to Two-Beer Beach and back.  No carpool.  Launch at 8:30 am sharp, for a leisurely jaunt around Makapu'u Point to Kaloko Cove. If the weather cooperates, there's a cool cave to go into, under the lighthouse. 7 mi. RT [22/E1] Fly GoogleEarth to Makai Pier

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Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Tues 17 Meeting - Location: Wellspring Covenant Church, 99-900 Iwa'ena St., Halawa Park (Map available here Go to map of Halawa Valley), 7:00 PM - Presentation: Safety First! Advice and scoldings from Chuck on the best ways to make it back alive from a paddle... Da Prez: Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sun 22
Rating: medium hard

Ke'ehi Lagoon to Ewa Beach Park - along the Reef Runway and across Pearl Harbor Channel. Long carpool for this one, be ready to leave "Alan's Ramp" (see map) at 8:00 AM,  Be at Ewa Beach no later than 8:30 a.m. for the return shuttle.  Launch at 9:00 a.m.  Call Steve if you’re paddling so he knows how many people to expect. 7.5 mi. [5/D4] Fly GoogleEarth to Alan's Ramp

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Steve Harris 226-2006
Sat 28
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
Kāhala (Waialae Beach Park) to Keehi Lagoon, or the other way around.  Direction (and thus the launching site) depends on the winds: you must contact Chuck the night before.  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 at 8:00 in order to organize the carpool, regardless. Launch at 9:00. 10.2 mi for the entire paddle [6/D1 or 14/A2].


Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sun 5
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
E-Z Glider to the Mokes & Super Bowl Sunday Surfing Clinic - 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 are more adventurous, join Chuck on a paddle out to the fishing buoy (another 2 miles off-shore).  Everyone meets back on the Mokes for lunch.  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]

Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518

Sat 11
Rating: 3 plus -  Very advanced (long distance)

Weed Out the Wimps & Watch Out the Whales (Makai Pier to Hawaii Kai) - (This one is not for beginners.)  Those coming from town may contact the trip leader to arrange a car drop-off in Hawai`i Kai.  Otherwise meet at 9:00 am at Makai Range Pier for the car shuttle. Launch at 10:00.  9.5 mi. [22/E1]. Matt Isono 735-3624
evil_vegita(at)hawaiiantel.net & Rob Muphy 398-0542
Sat 18 - Mon 20 Open Ditch Fish Twitch - Fisherpersons get to pick their own favorite spot to paddle in, and any fish caught on either, both, or all 3 days count towards the Progressive Fishing Tournament score - as long as you’ve paid to enter the contest and you report the fish within 24 hours to Norm, either by phone or email.   Norm Chun 247-7610
Tues 21 Meeting - Location: Wellspring Covenant Church, 99-900 Iwa'ena St., Halawa Park (Map available here Go to map of Halawa Valley), 7:00 PM - Presentation: Alan and Cosette will host a compilation of slides from the New Year's Club excursion to the Republic of Palau in the Caroline Islands. Da Prez:
Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sun 26
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
E-Z Glider: He'eia Kea to the Sandbar -   Family Fun paddle: bring your children, playthings for the reef, and your lunch. Meet at 9:30 for a 10:00 launch Approx.2 mi. RT [37/E2] Fly GoogleEarth to He'eia Kea pier Kenny Frey 253-905-7901
Sat 3
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Sherwood Forest “Surf Crash & Burn” 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.  Meet at Sherwood Forest (Waimanalo State Recreation Area, across from the polo field), 9:00 am. Fly GoogleEarth to Sherwood Forest Park Alan Calhoun 291-5505
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
Wed 7 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Passamaneck Residence, Honolulu - 6:30 to 8:30pm Nora Passamaneck
(908) 346-4668
Thurs 8 - Mon 12
Paddle Rating: 4 (local but overnight)
Off-Island: Lahaina-Lana`i Crossing.  Depart from Lahaina Town, Maui, either on Friday or Saturday, and cross the Lahaina Roads (Auau) Channel to Pi’ilani Beach, Lana`i.  From Pi’ilani Beach paddle to Manele and camp. Paddle back  to Lahaina or take the ferry from Manele Bay or take out on Lanai on Monday or Tues.   Group limited to 8.  You must register and prequalify with Karen.  Dates and details to be finalized later in December. Karen Tan
Sat 10
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Kailua Bay Play Day.  Meet at the Hilltop House at 8 am for a potluck breakfast and to plan the rest of the day (which will depend upon the weather).  Options include snorkeling at the plane wreck (there’s a very low tide at 11am), the Mokes, the buoy, Mokumanu Cave, fishing, and surfing.  Expected launch from the boat ramp at about 9:30.  RSVP to Cosette for the breakfast (and for directions). [28/F2] Fly GoogleEarth to the Hilltop House Cosette Harms 292-7007
Sun 18
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] Fly GoogleEarth to Makai Pier Matt Isono 735-3624
Rob Muphy 398-0542
Tues 20 Meeting - Location: Wellspring Covenant Church, 99-900 Iwa'ena St., Halawa Park (Map available here Go to map of Halawa Valley), 7:00 PM - Presentation: Sailing Away: Ed Rhinelander and Kevin Ching will give a show-and-tell about kayak sailing, with demos and pix about rigs, sails, planning and safety. All this is to get us ready for the upcoming Windbag Regatta Prez: Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sun 25
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 Elks' Club.  (There's a menu available here) Meet at Sans Souci at 8:30 am for a 9:00 launch.  Bring a change of dry clothes.  Make breakfast reservations with Gary by March 22.  3 mi. RT [13/E1]. Fly GoogleEarth to Sans Souci Beach No adjustment necessary Gary Budlong 737-8893
Sat 31
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
Kahana Bay to Malaekahana State Park Because conditions are normally rough, paddlers must prequalify with Debbie.  Optional early takeout at Hauula Beach Park (6 mi. point).  Carpool leaves Kahana (the ocean-side parking lot) at 8:30 am.  10 mi. [46/F1]. Fly GoogleEarth to Kahana Bay Debbie Wheeler 391-9820

Here we go again with the

Annual Easter Weekend Frolic

April 6 - 8

- see herefly 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 6 Arrive Kualoa BP Area 'A' anytime after noon for family camping. See mapfly. Please note: We're back in the Large Group Area again this year (big open area makai of the kitchen pavillion), but all of the water activities will take place at the south end of Kualoa Beach Park , in front of the fire circle.

Sat 7 Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium) Paddle: Kualoa to Kahana at 9:00 AM (Carpool leaves at 8:00 prompt!) - 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) Chinaman's Hat Treasure Hunt.. 10:00 am. For the kids. Kenny Frey 253-905-7901
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy) to Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium) ACA Kayaking Skills workshops, 1:30 to about 4:30 PM, assemble at the 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 an on-the-water session to Chinaman’s Hat.  Joe Hu 528-3600
Steve Enomoto 737-9514 john(at)gobananaskayaks.com

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

We have a certain amount of space (in Waimanalo) where we can store trees in the interim between Jan and April - if you have a tree to donate, please give Rusty a call. Ideally, I would like you to bring the tree to Waimanalo, but I can arrange pickup if I must...

Torch & Scorch, the Fearless Char Bros.

Sun 8 Triple Trouble Races at 9:30 AM (team and relay races!) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - John Enomoto 737-9514
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 Large Group Pavilion at 12:00 noon - - - and at 1:00 PM, the Prizes! The Prizes! Gary Budlong 737-8893

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Sun 15
Rating: medium hard
Portlock Point: Maunalua Bay to Koko Head Cave and back. - Meet at "Dumpster Beach" (east end of parking lot) in Maunalua Bay Beach Park at 8:00 am for an 8:30 am launch.  We’ll paddle past China Walls and Spitting Cave to the big sea cave halfway to Hanauma Bay (Kaihuokapua'a).  May stop briefly at the Kaiser Estate boat harbor on the way back.  Possible headwinds and rough seas may elevate this rating. 4 Mi. R.T. [18/D2] Fly GoogleEarth to Maunalua Bay Beach Park Hunter Johnson 223-1855 hunter808(at)earthlink.net
Tues 17

Meeting - Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (see map Map to Paki Hale), 7:00 PM - Presentation: Andy Collins returns with a show about the isand-size raft of tsunami debris that is drifting across the Pacific from Japan toward Hawaii, and the effects it will have on our beaches and reefs

Please note that, for this special presentation, we will be returning to our old digs at Paki Hale in Kapiolani Park

Prez: Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sat 21
Paddle Rating: 2+ (Medium hard)
Waikiki Back and Front.  Meet at 8:00 at Kapahulu Library (at the end of the Ala Wai canal, at the corner of Kapahulu and Ala Wai) to unload boats and to organize the carpool.  Launch from the library at 8:30, land at Kaimana Beach.  4.5 Mi.  [12/C4] Fly GoogleEarth to the Kapahulu Library Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
ehrhorn(at)lava.net &
Hunter Johnson 223-1855 hunter808(at)earthlink.net
Sun 29
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Kahe Point (Electric Beach) to Pokai Bay Beach Park.  Meet at 8:30; carpool leaves Kahe Point at 9:00 am sharp.  Launch upon return.  Potluck lunch on the beach upon arrival (see next paddle).  Call Ed if you’re paddling so he knows how many people to expect.  11 mi. [102/C2]. Fly GoogleEarth to  Kahe Point Ed Rhinelander 497-3981
Sun 29
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
EZ Glider: Pokai Bay.  Meet at Pokai Bay Beach Park for a 10 am launch; Play in the bay or a short trip outside, conditions permitting.  Surf kayakers and SUPs can try the waves at Army Beach.  Potluck BBQ lunch.  Bring something to grill or a side dish to share. Play in the bay, and greet the hardy long-distance paddlers as they arrive. Fly GoogleEarth to Terry Shimabukuro 672-8377

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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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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 if you don't mind using your credit card.
    Here is a list of the places that sell fishing permits
  2. 2) Lake Wilso Only: 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 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, if they're open.

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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