Schedule of Hikes and Events for April – May – June 2014
For hikes, we meet at Iolani Palace, mountain side, at 8 AM unless otherwise noted. For trail maintenance, call Mike Algiers, 422-1048. Please sign our release and abide by our rules.
We do not arrange transportation. However, you are welcome to arrange your own. You are cautioned not to leave valuables in parked cars.
Bring lunch and water on all hikes. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing. Extra caution may be required on some trails. You are responsible for yourself at all times.
Keep trails and lunch sites free of litter; treat trees and plants with respect and care. ALWAYS be careful with fire, matches and cigarettes.
Many of our hikes require special permission. For trails open to the public, refer to the State Forestry maps. Firearms and pets are prohibited on hikes.
HAWAIIAN TRAIL AND MOUNTAIN CLUB, Inc.
P.O.Box 2238, Honolulu, Hawaii 96804
Visit our web site on the Internet: http://htmclub.org
Email: info: http://htmclub.org/contact-us/
Mar 23 Sun 8:30AM SCHOFIELD-WAIKANE
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY MARCH 18
No Meeting @ Palace – Rendezvous @ Trailhead
A very long dirt road (4+ miles) precedes this long roller coaster of a trail to the Ko’olau summit. Stash some water on the way up for your return. Abundant native plants and trees (including yellow lehua) as well as native birds. As always, hike with/near others and use caution on the sections with steep drop-offs. Coordinator Arnold Fujioka, ph 551-0227.
Mar 29 Sat 8:30AM MEMBERS ONLY PALEHUA
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: LIMIT OF 15
After driving to the Wai’anae crest, follow the scenic summit ridge to Palikea peak. Backtrack for a while and then descend an old forestry trail to the remains of Ka’aikukai cabin. The return is along the Honouliuli Contour Trail. Coordinator Wil Kawano, ph 373-1492.
Mar 30 Sun 8:30AM MEMBERS ONLY KA’AU CRATER
No Meeting @ Palace
(6 Mi/Advanced/Steep Valley–Ridge/Palolo)
Welcome back to this tropical loop trail, after a long hiatus! You’ll climb 3 waterfalls (with extreme caution!), reach a water-filled crater, and climb the eroded crater rim (more caution) to the Ko’olau summit. After enjoying lunch and a spectacular view there, return via the ridge trail. Coordinator Thea Ferentinos, ph 375-0384.
Apr 5 Sat 9AM MEMBERS ONLY KALUANUI RIDGE
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY MARCH 29: LIMIT OF 50
No Meeting @ Palace
(3 Mi/Novice/Ridge/Hawai’i Kai)
One of the easiest jaunts to the Ko’olau Summit requires a bit of huffing and puffing on the uphills, but the views of Waimanalo and Olomana in the distance are well worth it. Coordinator Laura Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org or 388-5373.
Apr 6 Sun 2PM ANNUAL MEETING
The annual meeting is an opportunity for members to provide input on the operation of the club, and on important issues the board has been working on. New directors will be elected.
Apr 12 Sat 8AM @ Palace ‘AIEA BISECTUAL
This rarely used woodsy ramble connects the upper and lower sections of the ‘Aiea Loop Trail. The trail is generally easy, with not too much up & down, but caution should be used on any hike. Coordinator Steve Brown, ph 247-8845.
Apr 13 Sun 8AM MEMBERS ONLY KAWAILOA RIDGE
No Meeting @ Palace
We’ll meet at a designated location prior to entering the private property. All vehicles must enter AND leave together. Stopping is not allowed on the 30 minute drive on the rough road to the trailhead. Adhere to the “turn-around” time since all vehicles must exit together. A rough, muddy, long, historic trail winds up to the Ko’olau Summit Trail through lush vegetation. Rarely hiked as access is through private land. Coordinator John Braum, JB@htmclub.org or 391-8189.
Apr 19 Sat POAMOHO RESCHEDULED
We will be including the hikers who signed up for the outing in February (cancelled due to rain), and filling in from the existing waiting list. Coordinator Fred Boll.
Apr 20 Sun 8AM @ Palace WAIAU
One of the best workouts on the island, this ridge trail will test your fitness and stamina. Be sure to eat your Wheaties and bring at least 3 liters of water. Traction devices are recommended. Coordinator Nathan Yuen, email@example.com or 265-3283.
Apr 26 Sat 8AM @ Palace KAMANAIKI
A steep concrete staircase climbs from a residential Kalihi neighborhood to gain a pleasant, gentle ridge. Enjoy lunch with a view of the back of the valley and the peaks of Lanihuli and Pu’u Kahuauli. Coordinator Doug Klein, ph 263-8330.
Apr 27 Sun 8AM MEMBERS ONLY KOLOWALU-OLYMPUS-WAIAKEAKUA LOOP
No Meeting @ Palace
This fun, challenging loop is one of the club’s newest hikes. Expect plenty of ridge climbing and a hair-raising summit crossing over a sedan-sized rock. Coordinator Steve Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or 371-1492.
May 3 Sat FULL DAY OF FUN (Clubhouse – Waimanalo)
2PM Hiking/Camping Gear Swapmeet & Presentations
5PM Potluck & BBQ
Richard Sullivan will present Ramblings in a VW Westfalia Camper. Please bring a potluck dish or $10 toward BBQ. Guests pay $3 clubhouse use fee. RSVP via email Entertainment@htmclub.org or call 384-5100.
May 4 Sun 8AM @ Palace KAMANA NUI
A valley hike, with 2 miles on a dirt road before plunging into a jungle of lush vegetation. Roughly thirty stream crossings, then a very steep climb to the Ko’olau summit, with stunning views of the windward side! Return the same way. Coordinator Mike Algiers, ph 422-1048.
May 10 Sat 8:30AM WAIMEA VALLEY
No Meeting @ Palace. Meet @ the 1st Waimea Valley Park parking lot on the right
We start at Waimea Valley Park (Park fee required) and ascend Elehaha Valley to the Cattle Chute, which gently leads up Keanaloa Ridge to Pupukea. Then hike down Drum Road to a little-known short cut trail back to Elehaha and the cars. Additional fees for the Park are required: Kama’aina $8; 60+ Seniors $6; Visitors $13. Coordinator Peter Kempf, ph 384-2221 or 735-2220.
May 11 Sun 8:30AM MEMBERS ONLY KAHEKILI
No Meeting @ Palace – Meet @ Swanzy Beach Park
A very steep climb on a narrow trail with precipitous drop offs, culminating in a lush hidden valley high in the clouds. A small waterfall & pool provide a cool pleasant lunch spot, before you cautiously return by the same route. Coordinator Thea Ferentinos, ph 375-0384.
May 18 Sun 8AM @ Palace WAHIAWA HILLS
A woodsy walk in the hills of Wahiawa offers 2 “wet boot” stream crossings and a nice swimming hole at the lunch spot. Parking is in a residential neighborhood so, as always, be considerate of late sleepers and leave ample room for them to get in and out of their driveways. Coordinator Grant Oka, email@example.com or 674-1459.
May 24 Sat 9AM @ Palace LIKEKE
Follow in the footsteps of mountain man and HTMC member Dick Davis, who built this trail in the 1960s. The route hugs the base of the Ko’olau cliffs and then loops back through Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens. Coordinators Dayle & Jacque Turner, ph 729-3811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 25 Sun 8:30AM MEMBERS ONLY PAUAO RIDGE
No Meeting @ Palace – Meet @ Kahana Valley State Park parking lot
This long, strenuous hike tracks the ridge dividing Kahana and Punalu’u Valleys. Our goal is the junction with the Ko’olau Summit Trail below Pu’u Pauao. Along the way are superb views and intriguing native plants and birds. Coordinator Arnold Fujioka, ph 551-0227.
May 31Sat 9AM to 3PM CLUBHOUSE WORKDAY
Join your friends and fellow hikers at the Clubhouse, and help do a little yard work, or other tasks. Lunch will be provided….and you might want to bring your swimsuit and take a refreshing dip afterward!
Jun 1 Sun 8AM @ Palace WAIMALU DITCH
Drive up then hike down to the valley and meander mauka on a mostly contour trail to a nice swimming hole. Follow the ribbons at the numerous junctions. A few “wet boot” stream crossings. Parking is in a residential neighborhood so, as always, be considerate of late sleepers and leave ample room for residents to get in and out of their driveways. Coordinator Jay Feldman, email@example.com or 234-9069.
Jun 7 Sat 8AM @ Palace KAHANA VALLEY
This valley offers a network of criss-crossing trails with excellent swimming holes and mountain apples in season. In celebration of National Trails Day, we’ll have a potluck after the hike — please bring something to share. Coordinators Larry Lee, ph 263-4690 & Laura Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org or 388-5373.
Jun 8 Sun 8:30AM ‘EHUKAI KAUNALA
No Meeting @ Palace – Meet @ Sunset Beach Elementary School parking lot
(5.4 Mi*/Intermediate/Ridge/ Pupukea)
This relatively new trail begins at the Kaunala Trailhead at the top of Pupukea and descends (yes, downhill!) to ‘Ehukai Beach Park via a maze of bike trails. Enroute, you’ll encounter old military pill boxes and stunning ocean views. Coordinator Fred Boll, email@example.com or 226-0429.
Jun 14 Sat 8AM @ Palace WAIMANO TUNNELS
(5 Mi/Intermediate/Contour/Pearl City)
This figure-8 loop meanders around a lovely valley, following the stream and an abandoned irrigation ditch. We even go underground for a short stretch. Remember to bring a flashlight and a hard head for tunneling. Coordinator Stuart Ball, ph 247-5380.
Jun 15 Sun 8AM MEMBERS ONLY KONAHUANUI
No Meeting @ Palace
A steep muddy trail climbs to the top of a pair of towering peaks, which are the tallest in the Ko’olau range. They’re often engulfed in misty clouds, so don’t expect a view, but if you get one, you’ll appreciate it! Coordinator Karen Liliker, firstname.lastname@example.org or 349-8336.
Jun 22 Sun 8AM @ Palace WAILUPE LOOP
(5.5 Mi*/Intermediate/Ridge/Aina Haina)
This little-known loop hike is one of our more challenging intermediate hikes, involving steep ups and downs and a narrow summit crossing. Your reward will be a variety of native plants and panoramic views of the windward coast. Coordinator Barb Bruno, email@example.com (preferred) or 949-0788.
Jun 28 Sat 8AM @ Palace WILIWILINUI
A popular ridge hike to the Ko’olau summit but with limited parking. Ride sharing will be required. Great views along the way and at the summit. Eroded sections near the summit require caution. Coordinator Wil Kawano, ph 373-1492.
Jun 29 8:30AM MEMBERS ONLY MALAEKAHANA RIDGE
No Meeting @ Palace. Hawaii Reserves permit cards required(see HR below).
If you persevere, this long ridge trail above La’ie will eventually get you to the Ko’olau summit. Some hikers, however, get sidetracked by the lovely pools and waterfalls half way up. Coordinators John Braum, JB@htmclub.org or 391-8189 and Ralph Valentino.
Jul 6 Sun 8AM @ Palace LANIPO
This up and down hike provides an exhilarating workout along a scenic ridge with a good variety of native vegetation. The last section features views of a volcanic crater, a waterfall, and the windward coast. Coordinator Darrell Teruya, firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or 227-4572.
HR – Hawaii Reserves requires each person who participates in a hike or trail maintenance on their land to have a permit card. Participation in events on Hawaii Reserves lands are members-only due to the permit card requirement. Free permit cards are available from the HR office, 55-510 Kamehameha Hwy in La’ie from 9AM to 5PM Monday through Friday. Be sure to mark “La’ie”, “Koloa”, and “Malaekahana”, which will cover all the hikes we do on their lands.