2015 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

Jan to April 2015

(updated 4/28/15 )

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.
The Trip Leader has final say as to whether any individual paddler may join the group, based on the Leader's assessment of that individual's skill, equipment and/or preparation, in light of the ocean conditions of the day.
See bottom of calendar for explanation of tides and map references. Click on rating icon for explanation & details.

Event Location
& Notes
See General Notes
Sun 4
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
Wed 7 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Offices of Hu & Tsuji, Honolulu (Call for directions)  
Sun 11



Sun 18
Rating: medium hard
Goat Island (Moku'auia)- Park in the day-use area of Mālaekahana State Park (see map) and meet on the beach at 10:00 AM for a day of paddling, fishing and surfing around the park & island. Bring lunch or snacks for the island part. Caution: it is always windy here, but you're never far from shore...
No carpool.

1 Mi. R.T. [52/C1]
Fly GoogleEarth to Malaekahana SRA


Stan McCrea 306-6578
Tues 20 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale), 7:00 PM - Presentation: Safety First! Personal preparation is the key to safe and enjoyable kayaking, so we will have an open mike session on that very subject, and the Go Bananas Boys will show us the latest safety gear- Also: review of the best (and worst?) of the past year's paddles. What stood out in your mind from last year? Any changes you want to make?... Da Prez: Rob Murphy 398-0542
Sun 25
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)

He'eia Kea Pier to Kapapa Island - a long-awaited return to an old stomping ground! 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 1:00PM, so bring reefwalkers or tennies/tabies. And sunscreen...
No carpool

5 Mi. R.T.
Fly GoogleEarth to He'eia Kea
Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Sun 1
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)

E-Z Glider to the Mokes & Super Bowl Sunday Surfing Clinic - Meet at the Kailua Beach Boat Ramp for an 8:00 AM launch and head out to the Mokulua Islands. Surfing not required, but those so inclined will get basic surf instruction and then practice with other experienced kayak surfers. If you are more adventurous, join Rusty on a paddle (weather permitting) out to the NOAA wave buoy (another 2 miles off-shore).  Everyone meets back on the Mokes for lunch.  If you don't have a good surf boat, contact the leaders in advance about borrowing one. Bring picnic snacks for lunch on the sand beach. No TVs or radios allowed! You can leave at noon-ish if ya just gotta get back for the 1:15 kickoff.
No carpool

3.5 mi RT
Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua Boat Ramp
Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua Wave Buoy

Kevin Ching 947-4526
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
tibbetts(at)hawaii.rr.com &
Rusty Lillico 286-6514

Sun 8  


Sun 15
Paddle Rating: 3 (Advanced)
Weed Out The Wimps & Watch Out The Whales: Makapu'u to Hawai`i Kai. (This one is not for beginners.)  Those coming from town may contact the trip leader to arrange a car drop-off in Hawai`i Kai.  Otherwise meet at 8:00 am at Makai Range Pier for the car shuttle. Launch at 9:00. 9.5 mi
Fly GoogleEarth to Makai Pier
Steve Harris 226-2006
Tues 17

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale), 7:00 PM - Presentation: Stan McCrea talks about his experiences kayaking the Outer Islands, like Maui and Hawaii

Da Prez:
Rob Murphy 398-0542
Wed 18 Kupuna Wednesday: Surf Safari Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sat 21 - Sun 22 Open Ditch Fish Twitch - Fisherpersons get to pick their own favorite spot to paddle in, and any fish caught on either, both, or all 3 days count towards the Progressive Fishing Tournament score - as long as you’ve paid to enter the contest and you report the fish within 24 hours to Norm, either by phone or email. Norm Chun 277-6869
Sun 22
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Ke'ehi Lagoon to Ewa Beach- along the Reef Runway and across Pearl Harbor Channel. Long carpool for this one, be ready to leave "Alan's Ramp" (see map Map) at 8:00 AM,  Be at Ewa Beach no later than 8:30 a.m. for the return shuttle.  Launch at 9:00 a.m.  7.5 mi. [5/D4]
Fly GoogleEarth to Alan's Ramp
Stan McCrea 306-6578
Sun 1
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)

Lake Wilson - Meet at the Walker Street boat ramp (see map Aerial map ) at 9:30 for a 10:00 AM launch. (Be aware that ther may be slow traffic on the H1 due to construction)
You'll need a fishing permit, whether you fish or not ($5.00 at any sporting-goods or fishing store) as well as a pole (bamboo stick will do), and a special (free) entry permit for the lake. See notes below permit info for particulars. Distance depending on route and water level.
No carpool.

4 mi RT
Gary Budlong 737-8893
Wed 4 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - HLAW LLC Offices, 1461 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu 6:30 pm (Call for directions) Chairman: Joe Hu 528-3600
Fri 6
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Full Moon & Fireworks - Meet at “Hilton Heliport” at 5:30 for 6:30pm launch from Duke Kahanamoku Beach.  (Kulu moonrise at 7:30pm.).  Arrive early, parking can be difficult! 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.  2 Mi. R.T.
Fly GoogleEarth to Heliport
Steve Harris 226-2006
Sun 8
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
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. [21/A1 &
Fly GoogleEarth to Sherwood Forest
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
Sun 15      
Tues 17 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: John Enomoto from Go Bananas Kayaks will give a show-and-tell about ocean safety (and, of course, some of the cool safety gadgets that have come out recently) Prez: Rob Murphy 398-0542
Wed 19
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Kupuna Wednesday : Meet in the small park opposite the Outback Steakhouse in Hawaii Kai for an 8:30 carpool Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180

Sun 22
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)

Lanikai Reefs - (Weather permitting, of course): Paddle along Lanikai Beach to Smith Point and across to Mokuluaiki and the Plane Wreck. Bring mask & snorkel, and lunch or snacks for a stop at Mokuluanui beach. Launch from Kailua Boat Ramp at 9:00 AM. No carpool. 4 1/2 Mi. R.T.
Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua Boat Ramp Fly GoogleEarth to the plane wreck
Cosette Harms 292-7007
Sat 28 &
Sun 29
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 5
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
(Easter Sunday) Ke'ehi Lagoon to Moanalua Gardens: An easy paddle past the Keehi Lagoon Park (Veteran's Park), up the Moanalua Stream to the beautiful Moanalua Gardens. Bring lunch for a stop under the "Hitachi Tree" or next to the koi pond before returning via La Mariana Sailing Club for optional pupus and drinks. Meet at "Alan's Ramp" for a 9:30 AM launch.
No carpool. Low tide at 10:23am
5 Mi. R.T.
Fly GoogleEarth to Alan's Ramp
Gary Budlong 737-8893

Here we go again with the


Annual Easter Weekend Frolic

April 10-12

(Coptic Orthodox Easter) 

- see herefly for full details.
Also please be aware there has been a slight bureaucratic change in sign-in procedure, to keep us in compliance with our insurance policies: Any participant or guest who is not a member of the ACA must sign a waiver and pay a $5.00 Event Fee
- Park gates close at 8:00 PM and reopen at 7:00 AM each day -

Fri 10 Arrive Kualoa BP Area 'A' anytime after noon for family camping. See mapfly. Please note: We're back in the Large Group Area again this year (open area between the Kitchen and the ocean), and all of the water activities will take place in the middle of Kualoa Beach , in front of the middle fire circle.

Sat 11 Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium) Paddle: Kualoa to Kahana at 9:00 AM (Carpool leaves at 8:00 prompt!) - because of very low tides, there will not be an Inside-The-Reef paddle. 8 mi. Tim Sawyer 330-1108
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy) Chinaman's Hat Treasure Hunt.. 10:30 am. For the kids. Leader Needed
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy) to Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium) ACA Kayaking Skills workshops, 1:30 to about 4:30 PM, assemble in front of the Main (kitchen) Building. Basic kayaking skills will be taught including kayak safety checklists, kayak survival skills, paddling techniques, and capsize recovery.  Kayakers of all skill levels invited to learn, sharpen or share their kayaking skills.  Bring your own kayak, paddle, shoes or tabis, and life vest.  On-land session will be followed by an on-the-water session to Chinaman’s Hat.  Kevin Ching 947-4526
mokuluanui(at)yahoo.com &
Steve Enomoto 487-3400

Easter Bonfire & Marshmallow Roast, as soon as it's dark, at Kualoa Beach Park

We have a certain amount of space (in Waimanalo) where we can store trees in the interim between Jan and April - if you have a tree to donate, please give Rusty or Rob a call. Ideally, I would like you to bring the tree to Waimanalo, but I can arrange pickup if I must...

Torch & Scorch, the Fearless Char Bros.

Sun 12 Triple Trouble Races at 9:30 AM (team and relay races!) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - John Enomoto 737-9514
the Easter Egg Chase starts at 10:45 AM - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Joe Hu, et al.
Potluck Barbeque, Easter Bonnet Contest and the Kayak Stuff Auction in front of the Kitchen Lanai at 12:00 noon - - - and at 1:00 PM, the Prizes! The Prizes! Gary Budlong 737-8893
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Adjusted for Kaneohe Bay. Click for larger image...
Sun 19      
Tues 21 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: "How to Photograph Marine Life!" Amazing underwater photographer Keoki Stender returns with more of his stunning sub-marine work, and this time with instructions.. Not to be missed! (For a glimpse of what's in store, visit his site at marinelifephotography.com ) Prez: Rob Murphy 398-0542
Fri 24 Kupuna Friday : Meet in the small park opposite the Outback Steakhouse in Hawaii Kai for an 8:30 carpool Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sun 26
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
'Tracks' (Kahe Point, but not Electric Beach) to Pokai Bay Beach Park.  Meet at 8:00, carpool leaves Tracks at 8:30. Launch upon return. A mellow paddle along the Leeward coast often with a dolphin escort. Bring a lunch and plan on staying awhile after the paddle to enjoy the nice picnic grounds at Pokai Bay. EZ gliders who don’t want to go the distance can paddle on their own around Pokai Bay and join the group for lunch.  8 mi. [102/C2]
Fly GoogleEarth to 'Tracks' Beach
Terry Shimabukuro 672-8377

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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 second 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 VHF weather channels 1 or 2, or announced the night before on commercial television.

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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 Walmart, Nanko's 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*.
    Here is a list of the places that sell fishing permits
  2. A new requirement: Henceforth, you must also have a "Wahiawa Public Fishing Area Entry Permit" also available (free-of-charge) at the above stores and online.
  3. A fishing pole (Note: we are unofficially told that this one is no longer required)
  4. A life vest

*If you leave it to the last minute, you can purchase a fishing permit online directly from the DAR. You'll need a credit card and a printer, and it will cost you $1 extra "convenience fee" per person, but it's instantaneous, and it is good for one calender year (12 months from date of purchase). You may also be able to pick permits up on your way there at Walmart in Mililani Google Maps link, 95-0550 Lanikuhana Ave.

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

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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