2013 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

Jan to April 2013

(updated 5/5/13 )

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 6
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)

E-Z Gliders #1: Kawai Nui Marsh "Overland" - has been cancelled, due to a tangle of new bureaucratic and DLNR oversight. Plans are in the works to make this a service project, cleaning some of the mangrove out of the waterway. Details will be published as soon as we know


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Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Wed 8 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Chez Passaamaneck, (call 908-346-4668 for directions) Terry Shimabukuro 672-8377
Sun 13
Rating: medium hard
Pearl Harbor ! - Rainbow Bay Marina to Middle Loch: Meet at 7:30 AM promptly at the field next to Rainbow Bay Marina (see aerial photo); mandatory security briefing at 7:50, and launch no later than 8:00. (Early start this time to avoid later winds). Here is an explanatory brochure Pearl Harbor info. Paddlers MUST prequalify & register with Kenny by Fri Jan 11 as he needs to provide a roster to PH Command. Because Pearl Harbor is a restricted facility, special rules will apply (paddlers must be present for the briefing and must launch and stay together; paddlers must follow their assigned group leaders; no approaches to any vessel closer than 200 feet; several restricted areas must be avoided, and photography in certain areas is curtailed). Picture ID will be required for all adults. 7-8 mi. R.T. [3/A2] Fly GoogleEarth to  Rainbow Bay Marina



Kenny Frey 253-905-7901
Tues 15 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Safety First! Personal preperation is the key to safe and enjoyable kayaking, so Chuck Ehrhorn will wag his finger at us with advice - also review of the best (and worst?) of the past year's paddles... Da Prez: Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sun 20
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
Kāhala to Ke'ehi Lagoon - (or maybe the other way around). Direction of the paddle depends on the winds - You must call Steve the night before to find out. There is a mid-point put-in/take-out at the Hilton Heliport for those who don't wish to go the whole distance, but all paddlers must meet at the launch site first, at 8:30, regardless. Launch is at 9:30. 10 mi. [6/D1] or [14/A2]   Steve Harris 226-2006
Fri 25
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Friday Night Full Moon & Fireworks - Meet at "Hilton Heliport" at 5:30, launch from Duke Kahanamoku Beach at 5:30 - moonrise at 5:45 PM Fly GoogleEarth to Old Heliport Beach   Gary Budlong 737-8893
Sun 27
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


Steve Harris 226-2006
Sun 3
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 Rusty 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

Sun 10
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 from the canoe hale Approx.2 mi. RT [37/E2] Fly GoogleEarth to He'eia Kea pier   Kenny Frey 253-905-7901
Sat 16 - Mon 18 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 19 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: Once the purview only of hard-core spearfishermen, kayak diving has become the fastest-growing segment of our sport. Ken Frey will give a talk about it, what you need to know, and why you should try it... Da Prez:
Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sun 24
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
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].   Stan McCrea 306-6578
sb.mccrea(at)hawaii.rr.com& Rob Muphy 398-0542
Sat 2
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
Tues 5 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Passamaneck Residence, Honolulu - 6:30 to 8:30pm Chairman: Joe Hu 528-3600
Sun 10
Sun 17
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   Rob Muphy 398-0542
Tues 19 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Photographer Douglas Peebles will give a show about his recent dive trip to Taveuni, Fiji Prez: Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sun 24

Here we go again with the

Annual Easter Weekend Frolic

March 29 - 31

- 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
- Park gates close at 8:00 PM and reopen at 7:00 AM each day -

Fri 29 Arrive Kualoa BP Area 'A' anytime after noon for family camping. See mapfly. Please note: We're back in the Small Group Area again this year (open area by the Big White Tent), and all of the water activities will take place at the south end of Kualoa Beach Park , in front of the fire circle, near the outrigger canoes.

Sat 30 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 31 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 front of the Big White Tent at 12:00 noon - - - and at 1:00 PM, the Prizes! The Prizes! Gary Budlong 737-8893

Adjusted for Kaneohe Bay. Click for larger image...
Sun 7
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 Fri Apr 5. 3 mi. RT
Fly GoogleEarth to Sans Souci Beach
Gary Budlong 737-8893
Sat 13
Rating: medium hard
Kahana Bay to Mālaekahana outside the reef - Because conditions along this coast are typically rough, paddlers must pre-qualify with Tim. Optional halfway take-out at Hau'ula B.P. (6-mile point) Carpool leaves Kahana (see map map of Kahana Bay) at 8:30 AM 10 Mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to Kahana Bay
Rob Murphy 398-0542
Tues 16

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: John Johnson diver-photographer, will present a show of his remarkable underwater photographs, many taken in the Papahānaumokuākea NMS.

Prez: Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sun 21
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
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.
Fly GoogleEarth to the Kapahulu Library
Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sun 28
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
'Tracks' (not Electric Beach) to Pokai Bay Beach Park.  Meet at 8:00; carpool leaves Tracks at 8:30.  Launch upon return.  While this is one of our longer paddles the conditions are normally mellow along the whole route so don't let the mileage scare you.  Bring a lunch and plan on staying awhile after the paddle to enjoy the nice picnic grounds at Pokai Bay.  There is no official EZ Glider associated with this paddle this year, but everyone is welcome to play on their own in Pokai Bay and join us for lunch. 11 mi. [102/C2]. Fly GoogleEarth to 'Tracks' Beach 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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