2015 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

May to August

(updated 8/29/15 )

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 Location
& Notes
Date to be determined Off-Island: Kauai Rivers - dates have been tentatively set for November, see more here Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sat 2
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
He'eia Kea Pier to Kapapa Is. - Meet at the He'eia Kea Small Boat Harbor's canoe hale at 9:00 AM. Bring lunch and snorkel gear, if so inclined. The route goes across the Sandbar (Ahu O Laka) and it will be low tide at 9:00 AM, so bring reefwalkers or tennies/tabies. And sunscreen... And a radio...
No carpool
5 Mi. R.T.
Fly GoogleEarth to He'eia Kea
Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Wed 6 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - HLAW LLC Offices, 1461 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu 6:30 pm (Call for directions) Exalted Chairperson:
Joe Hu 528-3600
Sun 10 (Mothers' Day)    
Sun 17      
Tues 19

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Long-time Club member Phil Dang will talk about radios, communications, and the new Coast Guard technologies that can help pull your bacon out of the fire more quickly than before.

Da Prez: Rob Murphy 398-0542
Wed 20 Kupuna Wednesday : Meet in the small park opposite the Outback Steakhouse in Hawaii Kai for an 8:30 carpool Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Thurs 21 - Tues 26 Off-Island: Lanai Daytrippers - a series of daypaddles to remote locations on the island. Contact Debbie asap so she can plan accomodations, etc Debbie Wheeler 391-9820
Sat 23
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Cash For Trash - A new idea for a Club service project: Paddle up the Kalapawai Stream to Enchanted Lakes, picking up trash on the way back - different categories of trash win different cash prizes (categories will be announced by Gary). After the paddle, carpool up to Cosette's place (the Rock House) for pizza lunch.
Park whereever you can (the parks fill up by 9), meet in the stream "lagoon" next to the ocean, just mauka of the sandbar, at 9:00 AM.
No carpool.
3 Mi. R.T.
Fly GoogleEarth to Kaelepulu Lagoon
Gary Budlong 737-8893
Sat 30 & Sun 31 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 277-6869
Sun 7
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
(clean-up) Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
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. Lunch location to be determined... 1 mi. RT
Fly GoogleEarth to Alan's Ramp
Aerial view of Alan's Ramp & Keehi Lagoon
Stan Dalbec 422-0612
Sun 14
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Ewa Beach to 'Tracks' (Kahe) around Barbers' Point - Carpool leaves Ewa BP at 8::00, launch at 9:00. Join the potluck BBQ at Tracks afterwards (see next entry). 13 mi. [105/E4]
Fly GoogleEarth to Ewa Beach
Steve Harris 226-2006
Tues 16 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: "The Greatest Windbag" - Dr. Kevin Ching, the instigator and many-time winner of the Club's famous annual kayak-sailing competition will give a show about past races, with pointers and examples of how to rig your ride for maximum power and control. Da Prez:
Rob Murphy 398-0542
Wed 17 Kupuna Wednesday (or Thursday or Friday) Paddle: Surfing Safari - details and location will be announced at the Meeting. [18/D2] Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sat 20
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
Kaena Point - Runway Beach (Mokuleia Army Beach ) to Yokohama (Keawaula) - loooong carpool [121/C2] Debbie Wheeler 391-9820
Steve Harris 226-2006
Sun 28
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Dolphin Quest: 'Tracks' to Barber's Point and Back - Meet at the beach just north of Kahe Point at for an 8:00 AM (!) launch. No carpool. Be at Tracks by 10:30 if you just want to help Yale & Nora celebrate their holopuni Oahu (finally!) 4 mi. RT
Fly GoogleEarth to Tracks Beach
Nora Passamaneck

Sat 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 easy 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, as they confuse the other boaters.) 2 mi. RT
Zoom in Google Earth
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
Gary Budlong 737-8893
Sun 5    
Sun 12
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
The Big Kahuna (Moku Manu): - Kailua Boat Ramp to He’eia Kea Pier via Mokumanu. Meet at Kailua BR at 8:00 am and be ready to leave for carpool to He`eia Kea at 8:30 sharp; launch upon return about 9:30am. Stops at Mokolea Rock & Mokumanu cave (The latter is dependent on no live-fire exercises at Mokapu Range, and calm water.) 12 mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua boat ramp
Aerial of Big Kahuna course
Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Tues 14 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - HLAW LLC Offices, 1461 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu 6:30 pm (Call for directions) Exalted Chairperson:
Joe Hu 528-3600
Sun 19      
Tues 21 The meeting will be held at the Waikiki Aquarium Meeting Room (right side of the main entrance), but will NOT include a tour of the facilities (we'll try that again at a later date). 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu. Aquarium directions Parking in the lot is limited, but there is metered parking along the avenue. Presentation: Chuck Ehrhorn will be showing his slides of the epic 1998 trip along Molokai's North Shore. Prez: Rob Murphy 398-0542
Wed 22 Kupuna Wednesday (or Thursday or Friday) Paddle: Surfing Safari - details and location will be announced at the Meeting. [18/D2] Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sun 26
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
“China Walls” ( Pahipahi'ālua) to Kawailoa Beach (Jock's Rocks, or Jocko's) stopping for potluck lunch at the Sutherland House, in memento mori for the recent passing of Audrey Sutherland. Potluck lunch, if you wish to drop off food or beverage coolers, you can do so during the carpool. After lunch, those who wish may continue on to Haleiwa B.P. Carpool leaves China Walls at 9:00 am sharp, and we will park at Audrey's and return to the launch point. Launch about 9:45. No fishing in Waimea Bay.
Directions to China Walls: if you’re coming from the Hale’iwa direction, go past Sunset Beach. You’ll see the UH Ag Station makai, and Crawford’s Home on the mauka side, and then the next time you see the ocean you are there. Similarly, if you’re coming past Turtle Bay Resort and you see Crawford’s on your left, turn around and go back until you see the ocean again. Here is a link to Google Maps (for the launch point)
Directions to Sutherland Residence [62/C1]: Coming fron Haleiwa, drive 1.5 miles past the last "Historic Haleiwa" sign to "Turtle Beach" (Laniakea Beach) - you'll see a small lane on the left (makai) side of the highway running parallel to the shore. That is Pohaku Loa Way. Stay on the highway until you see Pohaku Loa re-join the road, about 400 yards further on, just before Kawailoa Beach and Chun's Reef. Turn left there, Audrey's is the third driveway on the makai side. Park on the side of the road. Coming from China Walls: After you pass Waimea Bay Beach, go 1.8 miles until you see a road going mauka toward the windmills (Ashley Road). Just past this on the makai side is Pohaku Loa Way. Park as above. Here is a link to the Google Earth file.
10.5 mi.
Waiale'e Beach Park
Fly GoogleEarth to Audrey's House
Rusty Lillico 286-6514
lillico(at)hawaii.rr.com&Tim Sawyer 330-1108
Sun 2
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
Steve Harris 226-2006
Sun 9
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Mangrove Mosey - in & out of the shoreline of South Kane'ohe Bay, from Kane'ohe Beach Park to MCBH marina for snacks, then returning to take out at Kane'ohe Yacht Club. Carpool leaves KBP (at the end of Waikalua Rd) at 8:30 AM. 5 Mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to the Mosey track in Kane'ohe Bay
Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Tues 7 - Sun 12
Paddle Rating: 4 (Off-Island)
Off-Island: North Shore Molokai with stop at Kālaupapa. Call Debbie asap to get on the list. This may not happen again, if the US Park Service has its way... Debbie Wheeler 391-9820
Tues 18

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: NOAA affiliate Marc Nadon will talk about his research into Hawaii's various reef fishes

Da Prez: Rob Murphy 398-0542
Wed 19 Kupuna Wednesday (or Thursday or Friday) Paddle: Surfing Safari - details and location will be announced at the Meeting.   Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sun 23
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)

Bobbi & Norm in the very first Regatta

Windbag Regatta has been postponed to Sept 13

  Stan McCrea 306-6578
Sun 30
POSTPONED - Hale'iwa to Runway Beach - in concert with the Masters' Windbag Race (see below): non-racers start at Hale'iwa Beach Park and all meet up at "Runway Beach" (Mokulē'ia Army Beach) Carpool leaves at 8:30 am. 8 mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to Hale'iwa Beach Park(launch)
See the course path (path)
Norm Chun 277-6869
Sun 30
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
POSTPONED - Masters’ Windbag Regatta: “China Walls” ( Pahipahi'ālua) to Runway Beach (Mokulē'iaArmy Beach), at the West end of Dillingham Airfield. This is an advanced paddle for highly qualified and experienced paddlers only. VHF radio and life vest will be required of all participants. You must prequalify with Kevin. Carpool at 8:30, launch upon return.

15 mi
Fly GoogleEarth to China Walls (launch)
Aerial view of race course
Fly GoogleEarth to the Masters' race course (path)

Kevin Ching 947-4526

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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.

Ratings & Liability:
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.

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, if any, are for Honolulu Harbor, and are not adjusted - windward-coast tides are approx. 1-1/2 to 2 hrs earlier than Honolulu.
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 download a GMZ file, which you can open 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.

Monthly General Meetings are open to the public.
"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.

*As broadcast by Radio WBA on UHF weather channels 1 or 2, or announced the night before on commercial television.

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