2015 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

September to December

(updated 9/26/15 )

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
Tues 1 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - HLAW LLC Offices, 1461 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu 6:30 pm (Call for directions) Exalted Chairperson:
Joe Hu 528-3600
Sat 5
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
(Almost Labor Day) Roughwater Swim - Volunteers in kayaks needed for swimmers' escorts. 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 /
Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sun 6    

Sun 13
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
There is also a map of the WBR Course Aerial view of the race course
5 Mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to the start point
Stan McCrea 306-6578
Tues 15 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Arr, mateys! Treasure and booty! Andy Collins returns with a show about his recent NWHI adventure in search of "Marine Heritage" (read: shipwrecks). Also - Nominations of Club Officers for 2016 Prez:
Rob Murphy 398-0542
Wed 16
Kupuna Wednesday (or Thursday or Friday) Paddle: Surfing Safari - details and location will be announced at the Meeting.    
Sat 19 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.
Fly GoogleEarth to Kahana Bay
Map available
Steve Harris 226-2006
sharris(at)lava.net  &
Tim Sawyer 330-1108
Sun 20
Mālaekahana to Waiale`e -  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.
Fly GoogleEarth to Stan's beach house
Stan McCrea 306-6578
Sun 27
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Hawaii Kai to Sans Souci (around Diamond Head) Carpool leaves Dumpster Beach at 8:30 AM.
Please note:
Storm swell from T.D. Niala may elevate this rating to Rating:3
8.5 Mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to "Dumpster Beach"
Rob Murphy 398-0542
paddlemonkey(at)email.phoenix.edu &
Stan Dalbec 422-0612
Sun 4
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.
Fly GoogleEarth to Makai Pier
Cosette Harms 292-7007
cosettemt(at)gmail.com &
Rob Murphy 398-0542
Sun 11
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
Fly GoogleEarth to Kahalu'u hale
Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Fri Sat & Sun 16, 17 & 18
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'.  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
Steve Harris 226-2006
Sun 18
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
HWK Intro To Kayaking   Kevin Ching 947-4526
Tues 20 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Elliot Wong will talk about drone photography, and show some of the clips he has made recently on Club paddles. Also - Election of Club Officers Da Prez: TBA
Wed 21 Kupuna Wednesday (or Thursday or Friday) Paddle: Surfing Safari - details and location will be announced at the Meeting.
Sun 25
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
Fly GoogleEarth to Kaiaka Park
Stan Dalbec 422-0612
Sun 1 Yearly Paddle Schedule Planning Meeting  
Mon 3 Day to call for Easter reservations...
Sun 8
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
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
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
Sun 15
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)
Fly GoogleEarth to Kahana Stream
George Shoemaker 237-8992
Tues 17 Meeting - Location: A return to the Waikiki Aquarium for an after-hours tour of the world behind the curtain Da Prez: TBA
Wed 18 Kupuna Wednesday (or Thursday or Friday) Paddle: Surfing Safari - details and location will be announced at the Meeting.    
Sun 22
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Double Roughwater Swim - paddlers needed to escort swimmers during 10Km offshore race in Waikiki  
Sun 29 Last Ditch Fish Twitch    
Sun 6
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.
Fly GoogleEarth to He'eia Pier
Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sun 13
Tues 15
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 20      
Sun 27

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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). 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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