2014 Hui Wa'a Kaukahi Calendar of Events

Jan to April 2014

(updated 5/7/14 )

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 5 Kailua Bay paddle has been Postponed to next Sunday, for Presidential security reasons    

Sun 12
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)

E-Z Gliders #1: Kailua Bay - Kailua Boat Ramp to Mōkōlea Islet (Birds**t Rock) and up the Canal to Pinky's (Pali Palms Plaza), weather permitting - if the water is acceptably calm, there is great snorkeling around the island - meet at the boat ramp at 8:00, carpool leaves at 8:30. Optional lunch/brunch at Buzz's after.

5 Mi. RT
Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua Boat Ramp


Rusty Lillico 286-6514
Wed 15 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Chez Passaamaneck, (call 908-346-4668 for directions) - Election of Board for 2014 Chairman: Joe Hu 528-3600
Sun 19
Rating: medium hard
Kāhala to Sans Souci - (Keehi has been scotched because of a reported pollution problem there). All paddlers must meet at the launch site first, at 7:30, carpool leaves at 8:00. Launch is at 9:30, or upon return.

6 mi.
[14/A2] Fly GoogleEarth to Kahala


Steve Harris 226-2006
Tues 21 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 Chuck Ehrhorn will wag his finger at us with advice, 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 26
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
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Stan McCrea 306-6578
Sun 2
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 3.5 mi RT
Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua Boat Ramp
Fly GoogleEarth to Kailua Wave Buoy

Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
ehrhorn(at)lava.net &
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
Rusty Lillico 286-6514

Sun 9
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
E-Z Glider: He'eia Kea to the Sandbar -   Family Fun paddle: bring your children, playthings for the reef, and your lunch. Meet at 9:30 for a 10:30 launch from the canoe hale

2 mi. RT
Fly GoogleEarth to He'eia Kea Pier

Stan Dalbec 422-0612
Fri 14
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
Valentine's Day Wild Thing! (Full Moon & Fireworks in Waikiki) - Meet at “Hilton Heliport” at 5:30 for 6:00pm launch from Duke Kahanamoku Beach.  Moonrise at 6:29pm.).  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. RT
Fly GoogleEarth to Duke Kahahanamoku Beach
Gary Budlong 737-8893
Tues 18

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Earl Miyamoto from the State Div. of Aquatic Resources (DAR) will talk about environment-friendly fishing and the use of "circle hooks" to speed recovery from catch-and-release. Also "Open Mike" - Rob wants to start a new trend for members to begin discussions on any kayak-related issues, personal or otherwise...

Da Prez:
Rob Murphy 398-0542
Sat 15 - Mon 17 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 2
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
Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Paul Tibbetts 734-5518
Wed 5 Steerage Board (Planning) Meeting - Passamaneck Residence, Honolulu - 7:00 to 9:00pm Chairman: Joe Hu 528-3600
Sun 9
Tues 18 Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Kayak-shop owner, watersports activist and veteran paddler Bob Twogood will give a talk about the past and future of paddling in Hawaii Prez: Rob Murphy 398-0542
Wed 19
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Kupuna Wednesday : Circle Rabbit Island & Black Island (Mānana and Kaohikaipu) - Snorkeling and surfing. Be ready to leave Makai Range Pier at 8:30 AM 4 mi. RT
Fly GoogleEarth to Makai Pier 
Chuck Ehrhorn 395-6180
Sat 29 -
Sun 30
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 30
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy)
E-Z Glider: Waikiki Front & Back - Ala Wai Streams Exploration. Ala Wai Canal from Kapahulu Library to Magic Island and back, exploring the little known streams along the way.  Meet on shoreline just beyond the Kapahulu Library (at the Diamond Head end of the canal) at 8:00 am for short carpool to Kaimana Beach take-out. Launch by 9:00 am.
 Note: The water in the Ala Wai is often polluted, yet many canoe & kayak clubs paddle there on a regular basis. While in the canal, stay in your boat, and don't drink the water

[12/C4 &
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Leader Needed!
Sun 6
Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium)
Hui Buoy and Breakfast Bonanza. - Kaimana Beach Hotel (Sans Souci) out to the Diamond Head Buoy and back for a different sort of breakfast at the Queen's Beach Cafe.  Meet at Sans Souci at 8:30 am for a 9:00 launch.  3 mi. RT [13/E1]
Fly GoogleEarth to Sans Souci Beach
Gary Budlong 737-8893
Sat 12
Rating: medium hard
Kahana Bay to Mālaekahana outside the reef - Because conditions along this coast are typically rough, paddlers must pre-qualify with Rob. 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 10 Mi. [46/F1]
Fly GoogleEarth to Kahana Bay
Rob Murphy 398-0542
Tues 15

Meeting - Location: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu (map available here Map to Paki Hale, 7:00 PM - Presentation: Former Club President and videographer Kevin Ching will give a show about Molokai paddles and some bizarre wildlife encounters.

Prez: Rob Murphy 398-0542

Here we go again with the


Annual Easter Weekend Frolic

April 18 - 20

- 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 18 Arrive Kualoa BP Area 'A' anytime after noon for family camping. See mapfly. Please note: We're back in the Small Group Area again this year (open area by the Big White Tent), and all of the water activities will take place at the south end of Kualoa Beach Park , in front of the fire circle, near the outrigger canoes.

Sat 19 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. Dan Sailer dksailer(at)gmail.com
Paddle rating: 1 (moderately easy) to Paddle Rating: 2 (Medium) ACA Kayaking Skills workshops, 1:30 to about 4:30 PM, assemble at the Big White Tent.) 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.  Joe Hu 528-3600
advisor(at)aloha.net &
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 20 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 Big White Tent at 12:00 noon - - - and at 1:00 PM, the Prizes! The Prizes! Gary Budlong 737-8893

Adjusted for Kaneohe Bay. Click for larger image...
Sun Apr 27
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 in 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.

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). Tide chart graphics are for Honolulu Harbor, and are not adjusted - windward-coast tides are approx. 1-1/2 to 2 hrs earlier than Honolulu. If you hover your mouse over the tide graphic, you MIGHT see the times adjusted, to the best of my ability, for the area of the launch (particularly for fishing or other Special Events). White bars on the charts indicate the times that the moon is visible for the Islands. Chart is courtesy Hawaiian Fishing News.
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 open a view 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.

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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.

*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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