2014 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

May to August

(updated 7/8/15 )

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 Tides Leader

Sun 4
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)

Makai Range Pier to Pinky's - with a lunch stop at the Mokulua Islands. Carpool leaves the pier at 8:00 AM 7.5 mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to Makai Pier
Stan McCrea 306-6578
Wed 14 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Passamaneck Residence, Kahala (Call for directions) - 7:00 to 9:00pm Exalted Chairperson:
Joe Hu 528-3600

Sun 18
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)

Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)

Heeia Kea to Kualoa - Meet at the He'eia Kea canoe hale at 8:30 AM for the carpool, launch about 9:30. Possible stops at 2 islands along the way.

Plus, an EZGlider option: He'eia Kea to the Sandbar and back - same place same time

3 mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to He'eia Kea Pier
Steve Harris 226-2006
Tues 20

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Dr. Kim Peyton from State DLNR's Div. of Aquatic Resources will talk about Hawaii's many estuaries and how their condition contributes to the health of local fisheries and, ultimately, sport fishing.

Da Prez: Rob Murphy 398-0542
Fri 23 - Tues 27 Off-Island: Lanai Daytrippers filling up fast, call Debbie asap for details Debbie Wheeler 391-9820
Fri 23 - Tues 27 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 8
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. Lunch location to be determined... 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 277-6869
Fri 13
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Friday Night Full Moon & Fireworks - Meet at "Hilton Heliport" at 6:15, launch from Duke Kahanamoku Beach at 6:45 - sunset 7:15, moonrise at 8:05 PM. Bring snacks and drinks and some way to illuminate your boat for the paddle back. White is a good color, or light blue cayalume sticks. Please, no red or green lights: they confuse other boaters. Distance variable
Fly GoogleEarth to Old Heliport Beach
Gary Budlong 737-8893
Sun 15
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
EZ Glider: Kaiaka Bay and Paukauila River/Kiikii Stream paddle. Meet at 9:00; launch at 9:30 from "Mushroom Rock", at the west end of Kaiaka Park. 4 Mi. RT
Fly GoogleEarth to Kaiaka Park
Stan Dalbec 422-0612
Tues 17 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Stan Dalbec will show his slides of the recent Lana'i Island Club trip Da Prez:
Rob Murphy 398-0542
Wed 18
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Kapuna Wednesday Paddle: Surfing Safari in and out of the surf from Hawaii Kai to Kahala. Meet by the Hawaii Kai dumpster near the Maunalua Bay boat ramp for an 8:30 carpool. [18/D2]
Fly GoogleEarth to Dumpster Beach
Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sun 22    
Sun 29 Sherwood Forest “Surf Crash & Burn” Clinic - Prequalification for the club's neighbor island trips.  Practice launching and landing Scupper Pro's (or equivalent) touring kayaks in surf conditions. Learn to implement safe procedures, observe conditions early, and practice various techniques.  Meet at Sherwood Forest (Waimanalo State Recreation Area, across from the polo field), 9:00 am.
This was postponed from March 2
[21/A1 &
Fly GoogleEarth to Sherwood Forest
Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
Fri 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 6
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.) 11.5 mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua boat ramp
Aerial of Big Kahuna course
Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Wed 9 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Passamaneck Residence, Kahala (Call for directions) - 7:00 to 9:00pm Exalted Chairperson:
Joe Hu 528-3600
Sun 13
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Surfing Safari:  Maunalua Bay to Kahala - Surfing through white water, in and out of the reef, plus three stops for snorkeling. Meet by the boat ramp dumpster in Maunalua Bay Beach Park for an 8:00 am carpool, 9:00 am launch. Tabis (footwear) recommended. 5 mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to Dumpster Beach
Kevin Ching 947-4526
Tues 15 Special Meeting - Location: Waikiki Aquarium, 2750 Kalakaua Ave. 6:30 PM - Presentation: After a short presentation about Hawaiian monk seals (and Aquarium history) by Program Director Mary Roney, we will be allowed to roam around the "Aquarium After Dark" to view a hitherto unseen world.
Attendance is limited to the first 30 people to sign up. Admission is normally $12, but the Club will subsidise half of that for Club members. Payment of the $6 fee should be made to Steve Harris, Treasurer, IN ADVANCE. Call Gary or Rusty to put your name on the list.
Parking is provided. Please note the starting time: Club business will be conducted before the talk, which will start at 7:00 PM.
Head catherder:
Gary Budlong 737-8893,
Asst.: Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Treas.: Steve Harris 226-2006
Sun 20
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Windbag Regatta has been postponed to Aug 31  
Sun 27
Rating: medium hard
“China Walls” ( Pahipahi'ālua) to Hale’iwa with a stop for lunch at Waimea Bay. Carpool leaves at 8:30 am sharp, launch about 9:15.No fishing in Waimea Bay.
Directions: 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
10.5 mi.
Waiale'e Beach Park
Gary Budlong 737-8893&
Steve Harris 226-2006
Sun 10
Rating: 3 plus -  Very advanced (long distance)
Masters’ Windbag: “China Walls” (Waiale`e / Pahipahi'ālua) to Runway 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
Aerial view of race course
Fly GoogleEarth to the Masters' race course


Kevin Ching 947-4526
Sun 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 19

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Dr. Kaipo Perez, Ocean Recreation Specialist at Hanauma Bay will talk to us about coral, and the effects of sediment thereupon. Dr. Perez is a local fisherman of some repute, and has particular interests in the health of our reefs.

Da Prez: Rob Murphy 398-0542
Sun 24    
Sun 31
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Bobbi & Norm in the very first RegattaWindbag Regatta -
has been POSTPONED again, by order of the Grand Windbag, due to forecast of light-to-variable winds. The new date for the Regatta will be announced shortly...
5 Mi.
Fly GoogleEarth to the start point
Stan McCrea 306-6578

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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). 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 will open in Google Earth, 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 unscientifically assigned and often 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

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). You may also be able to pick permits up on your way there at Wahiawa Sporting Goods at 571 California Avenue, if they're open.

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:

New O‘ahu location for fishing licenses and permits

Effective immediately, 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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