2013 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

May to August

(updated 8/25/13 )

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 5
Paddle 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.
Fly GoogleEarth to Makai Pier

Stan McCrea 306-6578
Sat 11 - Sun 12 Papio Tournament has been postponed to Oct 5 & 6   Steve Harris 226-2006
Tues 14 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Passamaneck Residence, Honolulu - 7:00 to 9:00 pm Chairman: Joe Hu 528-3600

Sat 18
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.
Fly GoogleEarth to He'eia Kea Pier
Steve Harris 226-2006
Tues 21 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: "Green Sea Turtles: Back from the brink" - Andy Collins tells us about avoiding extinction for this iconic marine animal. Da Prez:
Kevin Ching 947-4526
Fri 24
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Full Moon Surfing with Fireworks- meet @ 5:30   Gary Budlong 737-8893& Rob Murphy 398-0542

Fri 24 - Tues 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
Fri 24 - Mon 27
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
Sun 2
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
Fly GoogleEarth to Alan's Ramp
Aerial view of Alan's Ramp & Keehi Lagoon
Ed Rhinelander 497-3981
loikake(at)hawaii.rr.com & Norm Chun 247-7610
Sat 8
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). 4 mi. RT
Fly GoogleEarth to Kaiaka Park
Stan Dalbec 422-0612
Tues 18 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: David Powlison is visiting from the mainland, but he and his father used to live in the islands in the 70s, and they incrementally curcumnavigated Oahu long before anyone here knew what a kayak was. David will be reliving that adventure for us, and even show one of the funny little kayaks they used. Fun for anyone who regularly paddles around Oahu! Da Prez:
Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sun 23
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
Haleiwa to Runway Beach - Launch from the Hale'iwa War Memorial and head across Waialua Bay and along the Mokulē'ia Shoreline to the end of the Dillingham Airfield (used to be Mokulē'ia Army Beach). Usually has a tailwind to make for an easy paddle, but the surf break at the end can be a rough landing. Carpool leaves Hale'iwa BP at 8:30 AM. 8 mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to Haleiwa Beach Park
Aerial view of the paddle route
Terry Shimabukuro 672-8377
Sun 30

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
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 June 20.
An after-race BYO potluck lunch will be at Kāhala Beach Park

4-5 Mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to the start point
Steve Harris 226-2006
Thurs 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
Zoom in Google Earth
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com& Gary Budlong 737-8893
Sun 7
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
The Big Kahuna (Moku Manu) - 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 Mōkōlea Rock & Mokumanu Cave. (The latter is dependent on no live-fire exercises at Mokapu Range...) 11.5 mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua boat ramp
Aerial of Big Kahuna course
Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Wed 10 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Passamaneck Residence, Kahala (Call for directions) - 7:00 to 8:30pm Chair: Joe Hu 528-3600
Sat 13

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 leader. 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.
Leader Needed
Tues 16 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Long-time Club members Bill & Gretchen Arnemann recently returned from an extended peripatetic cruise of the South Pacific aboard the mail steamer Aranui 3. Their show will take us to Tahiti, the Tuamotus and the Marquesa Islands, among other places, where they visited archeological sites and gave a good account of themselves at many a local non-touristy luau. Prez: Terry Shimabukuro 672-8377
Sun 21
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
'China Walls' (Pahipahi'alua) to Hale'iwa - with a stop for lunch at Waimea Bay. Call Rusty for directions. Carpool leaves at 8:30 sharp, launch about 9:00
Please note: fishing is prohibited while in Waimea Bay
If you're coming from the Hale'iwa direction, go past Sunset Beach, you'll see the UH Ag Station on makai and Crawford's Home on mauka, then the next time you see the ocean, you're there. Simularly, if you're coming past Kuilima Resort, and you see Crawford's on your left, turn around and go back til you see the ocean again. Here's a link to Google Maps
10.5 mi.
Waiale'e Beach Park
Rusty Lillico 286-6514
lillico(at)hawaii.rr.com / Steve Harris 226-2006
Sun 28
Sun 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
Fly GoogleEarth to Makua Beach
Stan Dalbec 422-0612
Sun 11
Rating: 3 plus -  Very advanced (long distance)
The Krazy Kahuna - Mālaekahana to Hale'iwa. An Ironman paddle, for the truly crazy: besides being our longest paddle, it goes around Kahuku Point, which has been known to eat kayaks on occasion. Pre-qualifying with Rob is required, he'll tell you the secret time and place when you call. 18 mi.
Rob Murphy 398-0542
Sat 17
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
"Old" Pokai Bay Beach Park to Mākua Beach - A spectacular paddle, 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.
Fly GoogleEarth to "Old" Pokai
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
Tues 20

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Carlie Wiener from Hawaii Inst. of Marine Biology (HIMB) will give a talk about Hawai'i's playful spinner dolphins

Da Prez:
Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sat 24
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
Kahana Bay to Mālaekahana - Because conditions along this coast are typically rough, paddlers must pre-qualify with Steve. 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. There will be an apres-paddle gathering at Stan's beach house, and those planning on the next day's paddle can arrange to sleep over if they wish - call Stan to make arrangements 10 Mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to Kahana Bay
Steve Harris 226-2006
Sun 25
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)

Mālaekahana to Waiale'e ( Pahipahi'ālua) - Meet at 8:00, carpool at 8:30, launch at 9:00. Could be windy and rough around Kahuku Point. Call Stan in advance. Map

9 mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to Stan's beach house
Stan McCrea 306-6578
Tim Sawyer 330-1108

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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 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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