2016 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

September to December

(updated 9/21/16 )

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.

Date/
Rating
Event Location
& Notes
Leader
September
     
Sun 4
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
HWK Intro To Kayaking - Will cover everything, with an emphasis on self-rescue and safety gear. Bring your kayak, paddle and a lifejacket. This is a free class for HWK club members, $5 for nom-members, and applications will be accepted on the day of the class. Park in the old Hilton Heliport, and meet near the canoes at Duke Kahanamoku beach by 8:00 am. [12/D1]
Fly GoogleEarth to Duke Kahanamoku Beach
Kevin Ching 947-4526
mokuluanui(at)yahoo.com
Mon 5
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)

(Labor Day) Roughwater Swim - Volunteers in kayaks needed for water safety marshalls. Contact Paul in advance with your T-shirt size, and meet at the Hilton Lagoon parking lot (Old Heliport/Duke Kahanamoku Beach) at 7:30 AM for an 8:00 launch (Race starts at 8:30). [12/D1]
Fly GoogleEarth to Duke Kahanamoku Beach
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com
Tues 6 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - HLAW LLLC Offices, 1461 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu 6:30 pm (Call for directions) Chairman:
Joe Hu 528-3600
jhadvisor(at)gmail.com

Sun 11
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)

Heeia Kea to Kualoa Park (Chinaman's Hat) - Meet at the canoe hale by the entrance to the Harbor. Carpool leaves at 9:00 for a 10:00 AM start. Actual paddle route will be decided just before launch 6-7 mi.
[37/E2]
Fly GoogleEarth to Heeia Kea Pier
Eileen Helmstetter
helmstetter(at)hawaii.rr.com&Norm Chun 277-6869
bluec239(at)msn.com
Sat 17
Rating: medium hard
+
Kahana Bay to Mālaekahana - Because conditions along this coast are typically rough, paddlers must pre-qualify with Steve or Stan. 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 may be able to arrange to sleep over if they wish - call Stan to make arrangements 10 Mi.
[46/F1]
Fly GoogleEarth to Kahana Bay
Map available
Steve Harris 226-2006
sharris(at)eas-hawaii.com  &
Tim Sawyer 330-1108
sawyer(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sun 18
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
Mālaekahana to Waiale`e ('China Walls') -  Meet at 8:00 AM at Stan's House; carpool at 8:30; launch at 9:00.  Could be windy and rough.  Call Stan in advance to prequalify and ask for directions. 9 mi.
[51/B4]
Fly GoogleEarth to Stan's beach house
Map
Stan McCrea 306-6578
wawaenui(at)gmail.com
Tues 20 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Patty Miller Education Coordinator of NOAA's Humback Whale Sanctuary in the Islands, will talk about, um, whales! Also - Nominations of Club Officers for 2017 Prez:
Rob Murphy 398-0542
paddlemonkey(at)me.com
Fri 23 - Sun 25

Papio Fishing Contest.  Come and camp out Friday and Saturday at Kualoa for early starts Saturday and Friday -  There are some campsites available to share in Campground 'A' (Small Group Area).  Fish 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM both days.   There is an application/registration form available on our Facebook page, under "Docs". Otherwise, call Stan for details and registration.
Stan McCrea 306-6578
wawaenui(at)gmail.com& Steve Harris 226-2006
sharris(at)eas-hawaii.com
October
Sun 2
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Hawaii Kai to Sans Souci (around Diamond Head) Carpool leaves Dumpster Beach at 8:30 AM. 8.5 Mi.
[18/D2]
Fly GoogleEarth to "Dumpster Beach"
Rob Murphy 398-0542
paddlemonkey(at)me.com &
Stan Dalbec 422-0612
sdalbec(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sun 9
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Makapu'u to Kailua Beach with a stop at the Na Mokulua for snacks and maybe a little surfing. Carpool leaves Makai Pier at 8:30 AM 8 Mi.
[22/E1]
Fly GoogleEarth to Makai Pier
Cosette Harms 292-7007
cosettemt(at)gmail.com
&
Rob Murphy 398-0542
paddlemonkey(at)me.com
Sun 16
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Turtletown Tour - Kahalu'u canoe hale to the patch reef Fly GoogleEarth to and back. Meet at 9:30 AM at the ramp across the canal from the fishpond, near the Hygenic Store, for a 10:00 o'clock start. No carpool. Bring snorkeling gear. 2-1/2 mi. RT
[36/B2]
Fly GoogleEarth to Kahalu'u hale
Rusty Lillico 286-6514
lillico(at)hawaii.rr.com & Rob Murphy 398-0542
paddlemonkey(at)me.com
Tues 18
Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Elliot? Also - Election of Club Officers Da Prez: TBA
Sun 23
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
EZ Glider: Kaiaka Bay and Adjacent Streams - (Paukauila and Ki`iki`i Streams -  Meet at "Mushroom Rock" in Kaiaka State Park (in Waialua) at 9:30 for a 10:00 am launch.  Kayakers can paddle lazily on calm water in a historic agricultural district.  The more adventurous can push upstream through grass overgrowth to seldom-visited stretches replete with sugar-plantation ruins and relics.  4 mi. RT
[64/B4]
Fly GoogleEarth to Kaiaka Park
Stan Dalbec 422-0612
sdalbec(at)hawaii.rr.com
Sat 29 & Sun 30 Yearly Paddle Schedule Planning Meeting at Cottage McCrea Joe Hu 528-3600
jhadvisor(at)gmail.com
 
November
Tues 1 Call for Easter reservation (April 16, 2017)  
Sun 6
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Clean the Stream - Kahana Stream brush clearing party: bring kayaks plus saws, shears, machetes, first-aid kits, etc to the Kahana Valley Beach Park mauka parking lot at 10:00 AM. Call George in advance to tell him you're coming - at least six boats are needed to make this work [46/F1]
Fly GoogleEarth to Kahana Stream
George Shoemaker 237-8992
geo_shoe(at)email.msn.com
Wed 11 - Mon 16
Paddle Rating: 4 (Off-Island)
Off-Island: Kauai Rivers - a series of daypaddles up various Kauai streams and rivers, staying in rented bungalows near Lihue. Contact Chuck asap, the roster is already full, but there is a waitlist. Paddlers will meet at Chuck's place to determine dates, details, and itinerary. Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
ehrhorn(at)lava.net
Sun 13
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)

palm treeCoconut Island: the launch is from He'eia Kea State Park Ocean Activity Center at 8:30 AM to reach the target beach by 9:15. A tour of the HIMB facilities Fly GoogleEarth to Coconut Island, shark tanks, fish ponds, etc. ensues, ending with a BYO lunch at "Maile's Point", some snorkeling, and a leisurely downwind paddle home. There will be a $10 per-person 'donation' to the HIMB docent program. Call or email Kevin to put your name on the list, as there is a max number of visitors they can handle...

Directions to launch spot: Turn into the He'eia State Park (NOT the He'eia Kea State Boat Harbor). Just inside the first gate, on the right, is a sign on a telephone pole that says "Company Vehicles Only". Turn right down the unimproved road to the bottom. Be careful where you park, as there are some muddy spots, and we don't want to trash the grass. If parking gets crowded, you can unload your boat, then drive back up the hill and across the drive to the visitor parking, or turn right and park in the main lot under the big tree.

3.5 mi R.T.
[37/E2]
Fly GoogleEarth to He'eia Pier
Kevin Ching 947-4526
mokuluanui(at)yahoo.com
Tues 15 General Meeting - Possibly a return to the Waikiki Aquarium ? Da Prez:
Sun 20
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Up the Creek - Kahana Stream, from start to finish, with a hike at the top. Contingent upon the successful clearing of the stream the previous week (see 11/11, above); check with George.  If it’s a go, meet at 9:30 AM in the first makai parking lot north of the Kahana Stream Bridge (Map available hereMap to Kahana Valley Park). Bring drinks and snacks for a hang-out at George's house after the paddle. 2 mi. RT (not counting the hike)
[46/F1]
Fly GoogleEarth to Kahana Stream
George Shoemaker 237-8992
geo_shoe(at)email.msn.com
Fri 25 - Sun 27 Last Ditch Fish Twitch - One last chance at the Progressive Fishing Tournament trophy. For 3 days, anywhere you choose to fish, on any coast on any island, counts as an official paddle! Honor system rules - call or email Norm with your tally at the end of the day. Norm Chun 277-6869
bluec239(at)msn.com
 
December
Sun 4
Double Rough-water Swim (also officially the Looong Distance Swim or LDS). Escorts needed for individual out-of-town swimmers in this 10k international competion. Contact Chuck to sign up and get details   Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
ehrhorn(at)lava.net
Sun 11
Rating: medium hard
+

Keiki Kahuna: Kailua Boat Ramp to Moku Manu & back - weather and surf permitting, a jaunt over to the Mokumanu Cave with a break at Mōkōlea Islet. No carpool. 10.5 mi.
[28/E2]
Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua Boat Ramp
Cosette Harms 292-7007
cosettemt(at)gmail.com&Bill Murphy
bilym(at)hotmail.com
Sun 18
Paddle Rating: 3 Plus (Very Advanced)
+

Super Kahuna: Makai Pier to Kualoa Park - A real grinder, this one, so bring a kite! Carpool will leave the pier at 8:00 AM sharp, launch upon return, probably about 10:00. 19 mi.
[22/E1]
Fly GoogleEarth to Makai Pier
Steve Harris 226-2006
sharris(at)eas-hawaii.com
Rob Murphy 398-0542
paddlemonkey(at)me.com

Tues 20
Merry Xmas

Annual Club Christmas/Hannukah/Solstice/Winter Break Party, 5:30 PM to 9:00 -
will be at Doug & Margaret Peebles' house again, on Kaneohe Bay next to the Yacht Club. Potluck dinner, Our famous "Gift Grab", slide shows, fishing awards & the 2014 Photo Contest! Look for directions and parking info on the map Go to map. Setup & breakdown help needed, as always...
Sun 25      

 

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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.

Tides:
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). 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.

Buttons:
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.

Meetings:
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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