2012 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

May to August

(updated 9/9/12 )

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
Sat 5
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Sunrise on Kailua Bay - Meet at 5:00 AM (!) ready to paddle at Kailua Boat Ramp. (The moon sets at 5:29 and the sun rises at 5:58). Weather cooperating, we will paddle out past Flat Island (Popo'ia), then turn west to follow the moon, before turning to greet the sun. Aprés-paddle, Cosette invites us to join her on her lanai at Hilltop House for potluck breakfast. RSVP to Cosette if you plan to come. [28/F2] Fly GoogleEarth to

Cosette Harms 292-7007
cosettemt(at)gmail.com / Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
Wed 9 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Passamaneck Residence, Honolulu - 6:30 to 8:30pm Terry Shimabukuro 672-8377
Sun 13Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium) Makai Pier to Pinky's - with a stop at the Mokuluas for snacks & surfing. Carpool leaves at 8:00, launch about 8:30 7.5 mi [22/E1] Fly GoogleEarth to Makai Pier Stan McCrea 306-6578
Tues 15 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: US Coast Guard's Lt Cdr Matt Derrenbacher will give a talk about the CG's SAR (Search and Rescue) operations, including case studies of "distressed" and missing kayakers. Big ocean, little boat... how do they do it? Come and find out! Da Prez:
Kevin Ching 947-4526

Sat 19
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)

He'eia Kea to Kualoa (Kāne'ohe Bay)- Meet at the He'eia Kea canoe hale at 8:30 AM for the carpool, launch about 9:30. Possible stops at 3 islands along the way. 3 mi. [37/E2] Fly GoogleEarth to He'eia Kea Pier


Norm Chun 247-7610

Fri 25 - Mon 28
Paddle Rating: 4 (Easy paddles from base camp)

Off-Island: Lanai Day Trippers - Camp at Hulopoe Beach (with restrooms, showers and grills). Three day-paddles along various Lana'i coastlines, depending on weather and the group's inclinations. Must register with Debbie by April 30, in order to get the planning started.

Debbie Wheeler 391-9820
wheelerd003(at)hawaii.rr.com / Alan Calhoun 291-5505
Sun 26 - Mon 28
Memorial Day Weekend: Open Ditch Fish Twitch - Fisherpersons get to pick their own favorite spot to paddle in, and any fish caught on either or all 3 days 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
Sat 2
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)

Return to Pearl Harbor: Middle Loch - Meet at Rainbow Bay Marina (next to the Arizona Memorial) at 8:30am promptly; security briefing at 8:45, launch at 9:00. Since Pearl Harbor is a restricted area, special rules will apply:  Paddlers must be present for the security briefing and must launch together; the group must stay in close formation and follow the instructions of the leader at all times; and paddlers must remain at least 200 feet from any vessel in Middle Loch.  Permission to photograph may also be restricted. Must pre-register with Kenny by May 31 because our names need to be on the Pearl Harbor Command list before we show up 7-8 mi. R.T. [3/A2] Fly GoogleEarth to Pearl Harbor marina
Here is a flyer (.pdf) with details, maps and requirements for Pearl.

Kenny Frey 253-905-7901
Sun 10
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Keehi Lagoon Surfing & Island Clean-up - Launch from "Alan's Ramp" at 8:00 AM if you want to surf; volunteers for the cleanup effort can wait 'til 10:00 - everyone meets at "Blue Pool" at 10:30. A grill will be provided for a barbeque potluck lunch, bring something to share. Also bring footwear (tennies), gloves and HD trash bags. 1 mi. RT [5/D4] Fly GoogleEarth to Alan's Ramp Ed Rhinelander 497-3981
loikake(at)hawaii.rr.com & Norm Chun 247-7610
Sat 16
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
EZ-Glider: Kaiaka Bay and Streams - Ki'iki'i and Paukauila Streams empty into Kaiaka Bay and make for great calm-water paddling (and some brush-whacking). Meet at 9:00 AM and launch at 9:30 from "Mushroom Rock Beach" (west side of park) approx 4 mi. RT [64/B4] Fly GoogleEarth to Kaiaka Park Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Tues 19 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Members' photos of past trips to Kalalau Valley and the Na Pali State Park. Bring 5 of your best shots on a thumb drive. Da Prez:
Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sun 24
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
Camp Erdman to Ka'ena Point - and Back - Not going around the point this year. Getting back to the cars may involve paddling into the wind for a while, so paddlers must pre-qualify with Stan beforehand. Meet at the beach just past Camp Erdman at 8:30 AM for a 9:00 start 8 mi. RT [120/C4] Fly GoogleEarth to Camp Erdman Stan McCrea 306-6578
Sun 1
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
The Big Kahuna (Moku Mano) - Kailua Boat Ramp to He'eia Kea Pier - Meet at Kailua BR at 8:00 and be ready to leave for the carpool at 8:30 sharp; launch on return, about 9:30. Stops (maybe) at Mokolea Rock & Mokumano Cave 11.5 mi. [28/F2] Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua Boat Ramp Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Rob Muphy 398-0542
Tues 3 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Passamaneck Residence, Kahala (Call for directions) - 7:00 to 8:30pm Chair: Terry Shimabukuro 672-8377
Wed 4
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Fourth of July - Meet 6:00 PM 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) It is not recommended to go beyond the main breakwater, there is an esy place to land on the inside, and there may be room to sit on top of the wall. 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 adjustment necessary Gary Budlong 737-8893
Sat 7
Rating: medium hard

Surfing with Ocean Kayaks: Maunalua Bay to Kāhala - in & out of the surf. Training and practice in paddling non-surf kayaks through white water, plus a coupla stops for snorleling. Must pre-qualify with Chuck. Meet at 'Dumpster Beach' near Maunalua Bay boat ramp for an 8:00 AM carpool, 9:00 AM launch. Life vest and tabis (reef walkers) recommended. 5 mi. [18/D2]

Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sun 8
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Hale'iwa Beach Park to 'Runway Beach' Fly to Runway Beach (just past the west end of Dillingham Airfield) - Easy launch at Hale'iwa, but may be a bouncy landing, depending on surf. Great kite or sail run. Meet at 8:00 AM, carpool leaves at 8:30, launch at 9:00 8.5 mi. [61/F2] Fly GoogleEarth to Hale'iwa Beach Park Terry Shimabukuro 672-8377
Sat 14
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
'China Walls' (Pahipahi'alua) to Hale'iwa - with a stop for lunch at Waimea Bay. Call Tim or Rusty for directions. Carpool leaves at 8:30 sharp, launch about 9:00 10.5 mi. [55/E4] Waiale'e Beach Park
Please note: fishing is prohibited while in Waimea Bay
Tim Sawyer 330-1108
sawyer(at)hawaii.rr.com / Rusty Lillico 286-6514
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: Gearhead Alert: Jerry from West Marine will talk about specialized gear in their store that's intended for kayakers. Prez: Kevin Ching 947-4526
Thurs 19 - Tues 24
Paddle Rating: 4 (multinight camping)
Off-Island: Hui Wa'a Kaukahi's 30th Anniverary Paddle - Na Pali Coast State Park (Kalalau Valley), Kauai. Individuals must obtain their own permits. The Hawaii State Parks website has general information about the parks, and the WikiPermits site has the online permit process (Once you register, you will be able to access permit-availability info for the various campsites). You will also need to organise your own boat shipping & ground transport, or join a group that has room For info: Debbie Wheeler 391-9820
Sun 29
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Kayak Kite and Sail Clinic - Maunalua Bay B.P. to Kāhala Beach -Postponed due to conflicts with the Tin Man Race
Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
ehrhorn(at)lava.net &
Steve Harris 226-2006
Sat 4
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Dolphin Quest: Mākua to Ka'ena and Back - Meet at the north end of Mākua Beach at 8:30 AM. No carpool 8.5 mi. RT [17/C4] Fly GoogleEarth to Makua Beach Steve Harris 226-2006
Sun 12
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)

Bobbi & Norm in the very first RegattaWindbag Regatta - Maunalua Bay Boat ramp (Hawaii Kai) to Wai'alae Beach Park in Kāhala by any wind-driven means - sails, kites, umbrellas, bedsheets on sticks, old raincoats, whatever. Carpool leaves Maunalua Bay Beach Park at 8:30 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 4-5 Mi. [18/D2] Fly GoogleEarth to the start point There is also a map of the WBR Course Aerial view of the race course

An entry form for this event is here . Deadline is Aug 8.
An after-race BYO potluck lunch will be at Kāhala Beach Park

Ed Rhinelander 497-3981
Sat 18
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
"Old" Pokai Bay Beach Park to Pray-for-Sex Beach - A spectacular paddle, with or without answered prayers, don't miss it. Meet at Pokai Bay BP (next to the former boat ramp) at the end of Waianae Valley Road. Carpool leaves at 8:30, launch at 9:00 6.5 mi. [111/D4] Fly GoogleEarth to "Old" Pokai Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
Tues 21

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Kayak-fishing: the rigging, the gear, the bait and the attitude. Steve Harris and Chuck Ehrhorn tell us where to go and when...

Da Prez:
Kevin Ching 947-4526
Fri 24 - Mon 27
Paddle Rating: 4 (Easy paddles from base camp)

Off-Island EZ: Puakō Park & Paddle - Cancelled -

Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sun 26
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)

Masters' Windbag Regatta - 'China Walls' (Pahipahi'ālua) to Runway Beach, Fly GoogleEarth to Runway Beach at the west end of Dillingham Airfield.  This will be an advanced paddle open only to highly qualified and experienced paddlers, sailors, and kiters - all standard safety gear must be carried, including VHF radios.  You must prequalify with Steve.  Carpool at 8:30, launch at 9:30. 15 mi. [56/D1] Fly GoogleEarth to China Walls

Steve Harris 226-2006
Sat 25 - Mon 27 Open Ditch Fish Twitch - Fisherpersons get to pick their own favorite spot to paddle in, and any fish caught on either or both days 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. Norm Chun 247-7610

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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:

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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 for each person on the water.

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). Be forewarned: Wahiawa Sporting Goods (California Ave) is no longer in business, so youcan't pick permits up there anymore.

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:

Downtown location for fishing licenses and permits

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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